Creative upcycling is more than repurposing old objects and giving them a bit of a clean so they look shiny and new. It fundamentally involves design thinking. The kitchen bench at UpShop is an upcycled engineering bench that was being thrown out by an Engineering department when its workshop closed.
To work within our L-shaped kitchen, the bench was disassembled so that the join could be re-glued, the drawers were reversed and a kitchen sink inserted. This re-engineering process meant that the original affordances and the history of this 60 year old bench are uniquely melded with the domestic needs of a kitchen, creating a unique space for our morning coffees.