From scrap heap to style re­vival

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - HOME - Laura Tri­este

WHAT most peo­ple view as junk, Rick Beres­ford sees as an op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate treasures.

Rail­way dog spikes be­come coat rack hooks, old floor­boards are turned into table­tops, and vin­tage and out­dated de­vices such as vin­tage mul­ti­me­ters and cop­per ster­il­is­ing units form the base of many lights.

“I like the solid, well-built na­ture of the items, but also the artistry and the aes­thetic of it,” he says.

Beres­ford and wife Rowena started their re­pur­posed vin­tage decor busi­ness, In­dus­tri­ana, in a Spring­wood work­shop four years ago and sell their prod­ucts on Etsy.

It was good tim­ing as the trend for in­dus­trial and vin­tage de­signs was pick­ing up steam, but it is a pas­sion the duo has dab­bled in for more than a decade.

“When I started do­ing this I was mostly restor­ing orig­i­nal pieces,” Beres­ford says. “Ini­tially, we didn’t see the op­por­tu­ni­ties, but now it comes more eas­ily.”

While the art of cre­at­ing many of his pieces has been self taught, Beres­ford gets a help­ing hand from father-in­law Wyn­d­ham Par­sons, an 84-year-old black­smith who adds a grace­ful touch.

Rowena is mostly in­volved in de­sign and Beres­ford says her in­put is in­valu­able, even if it means pulling apart some­thing he has spent a long time on.

“We see a lot of peo­ple who re­pur­pose items, but the look is just wrong be­cause they don’t have the right scale,” he says.

In­dus­tri­ana is one of the crafters and de­sign­ers at the Syd­ney Etsy Made Lo­cal Mar­kets, Novem­ber 19, Brew­ery Yard, Cen­tral Park. Full details: syd­ney-made. word­press.com

Rick and Rowena Beres­ford at their work­shop. Pic­ture: David Swift

A vin­tage gar­ment rack.

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