Posted on Wednesday 4 August 2010 by Ulster Business

Jill O’Neill of ReFound, left, with artist Anushiya Sunda.

A new Belfast company is set to transform used furniture and add an artistic, yet affordable touch to Northern Ireland homes.

ReFound transforms unwanted furniture and turns them into pieces of functional art with the help of an ever-growing group of local artists including Lisa Malone, Anushiya Sunda, Bill Penney, Deepa Mann-Kler to name a few and one of Northern Ireland’s best-known painters, Neil Shawcross. The ReFound Collective of artists adds their personal artistic style to a reclaimed piece to produce an individual ‘work of furniture’. Each one is signed by the artist that ‘ReFound’ it and is accompanied by a certificate to describe its journey from recycled found object to mini-masterpiece. Completed pieces to date include the colourful ‘Jackstraws Table’ by Donna Bates and striking ‘Russian Town Plan’ by Keith Winter. The artistic restyling of the not-so-new-pieces turns each one into a collectors’ item - of the affordable range - with prices from £50-£400. Sold through a ‘pop-up shop’, the chance to claim a unique ReFound piece runs for four days from 17th to 20th June at 94 Castlereagh Road, Belfast, BT5. “Refound aims to provide today’s consumer with a unique choice in home furniture design and bring a sense of style to recycling. The concept also creates a new platform for local artists to showcase their work and get it into the homes of people who may not otherwise come across their work.” said Jill O’Neill, founder of ReFound. “A challenge, yes, but it’s working. With over 25 artists in the ReFound Collective, the pop-up shop is now brimming with unique, hand-styled, modern pieces. Its furniture with personality, for persons with individuality!”

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