Check out the new website for Xylo Furniture which has just launched telling its story and showing its wares. Xylo is a social enterprise, created by the Wlliam Wilberforce Trust, that sources pre-loved furniture that was created by master craftsmen and gives each piece a new lease of life.
The William Wilberforce Trust Employability, Enterprise and Re-Use programme is part of the national Furniture Re-Use Network, and the London Re-Use Network. LRN and FRN will collect all sorts of things from your home and sell them on at a fair price.
And it really works, each year the sector diverts 110,000 tonnes of furniture from landfill, re-uses 2.7 million items of furniture and electricals, and saves those on low incomes millions on essential goods, as those benefits are often entitled to a further discount.
For the Xylo trainee, facing significant barriers to employment, the 16 week Employability Programme, provides workplace experience, training and mentoring. The Xylo trainees gain valuable skills and fuse their story into that of the restored Xylo piece.
Xylo pieces combine age-old craftsmanship with modern, hand-painted finishes. Items of furniture are selected because they have been made to a standard that is now rare; they have been built to last. This eclectic set of six dining chairs (£400) spanning the 19th and 20th centuries are tied together in cobalt blue coat with the feet left bare to show their provenance. Not only are they colourful pieces of upcycling, but the very essence of sustainability, with physical and emotional durability as they have been treasured for generations, and can be for many more!
Photo credits: Xylo Furniture