Katie Thompson is the South African designer with a magical touch who can turn discarded everyday items into sophisticated items of use. Her latest work has her using parts of Mercedes Ben SL to create a study. She is a self confessed hoarder who is attracted to well-worn everyday objects and breaths a new life into it by modifying and creating a new use for it. The young designer based in Cape Town takes an abstract view and approach to identify new and novel use for discarded items. Her magic touch can transform a basic bucket lid into a timeless wall clock. An old vacuum cleaner can be converted into an elegant floor lamp and so on. Let your imagination run wild and the results might surprise you.
Cape Town has Been Nominated as World Design Capital 2014
Thompson has opened a 100-square-metre studio shop Recreate in the south of Cape Town and her modern treasures are on display in the city’s former industrial district of Woodstock. It is now the home of many innovative artists and design studios. Unused warehouses and brewery buildings have become the homes for artists. Cape Town has been nominated as World Design Capital 2014 and Thompson’s theme of junk and design or creativity and upcycling justifies the nomination. The young designer has taken up the biggest challenge of her career and entered into a collaboration with the German auto maker Mercedes-Benz. She has taken seven elements from the wealth of individual Mercedes-Benz SL components to recreate the fixtures and furnishings of an office.
Mercedes Had Earlier Worked With Formitalia on Furniture
The unique and fascinating thing about the way Thompson works is that she is able to visualize her designs to the tiniest detail without any sketches and is able to recreate her vision with the help of local artisans and craftsmen. Her experiment with car parts was no different. The car’s dashboard was turned into a unique desk. Different parts in the dashboard were repurposed for more practical use in an office. The speedometer became a magnetized pad, the air vents became slots for business cards and the ignition lock now holds a USB for a charger. The chair is also basically the driver’s seat which has been mounted on an office chair pedestal. The display panel on the dashboard now sports a world clock with three time options. This is not the first time Mercedes has forayed into furniture. Just earlier this year their collaborative effort with luxury furnishings company Formitalia was launched at Milan furniture fair.