Zoe Murphy has always been fascinated by the potential of re-use and rejuvenation of unwanted items, she works closely with the idea of encouraging others to consume more carefully and with more responsibility.
The prints she uses to upcycle existing furniture and textiles draw their inspiration from her seaside hometown of Margate.
It is a place and thing that with loving attention and good design can be brought back to be something beautiful, desired and respected.
Through her re-use of mid twentieth century furniture pieces and patterns inspired by Formica clad sea-side cafes, her work takes on an appropriate nod to the fifties. Bright colours and optimistic images are printed onto re-veneered drawers, footstools, side tables, and Formica wall pieces. Particular emphasis is placed upon the importance of re-using as much of a material as is possible. As well as having designed a range that is visually appealing, her work is also ethically strong and offers a more ecological alternative than other designs of today.
Zoe’s work has been selected for the ‘New Designer of the Year’ award.
Zoe has established herself as an enthusiastic young designer and she shows her works at exhibitions and events around the world. Her work is available to view online or by appointment at her studio.