SCULPTURE AND CUSTOM FURNITURE
Address: The Emporium, 185 Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle – Perkins Street windows
Hours: Wed 10am – 4pm, Thu & Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat 10am – 3pm
Property Donor: Iris Capital
Launched: 6 May 2013
Closed: 17 June 2017
One Man’s Trash is handcrafted upcycled vintage industrial style furniture with a true design aesthetic. Lloyd Kellett is a gyprocker and bricklayer by trade, but makes and sells industrial style furniture, lighting and homewares out of otherwise discarded materials – scrap metal, timber, car parts, other furniture.
What do you do?
I take discarded metal, timber, furniture, machinery and craft it into sculpture, art pieces, furniture, homewares, and sculptural lighting. Literally, I take one man’s trash and turn it into treasure. The recycling aspect of what I do when making the pieces is very important to me as I am passionate about the environment and saving these useful materials from landfill.
I have a love of rusty, well-worn items that have a story to tell so I see potential projects everywhere! As a gyprocker, bricklayer and general handyman I have been in the building industry for 20+ years and I always have a project on the go in the workshop.
One Man’s Trash started out with a space in our home that we needed a desk for – and it hasn’t stopped since that first piece. Along with the creations in our storefront, we also specialise in custom pieces for clients and also some more commercial work. Most recently we were fortunate enough to create some sculptural feature lighting for Foghorn Brewhouse on King St. Previous projects have involved shelving and a console for Zinc on Darby and several pieces for our lovely neighbours One Penny Black.
What inspired you to get involved in Renew Newcastle?
Shopping locally, supporting local business is something that is very important to us. We love Newcastle, but it has been decaying for a long time. Renew Newcastle has already bought so much life and culture back into the Mall/CBD and we wish to be a part of that community. Seeing people inspired and excited by the various projects has encouraged us to take the plunge with One Man’s.
To take something neglected and discarded and to make it into something useful and beautiful again is exactly our aim so I feel as though the work Renew is doing with these discarded spaces correlates with One Man’s ideas.
What are you doing in your new space?
Our Space is a retail showroom for our one-off creations. We also feature some of our sculpture that have been entered into local competition and group shows. It is also a space from which we meet with potential clients.
Tell us about the space – what was its previous use? Previously our space was David Jones. To be operating out of such an iconic building is a thrill. The beautiful big windows, the history of the building itself and the natural light that streams in is perfect to showcase our items.
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