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Railway dog spikes become coat rack hooks, old floorboards are turned into tabletops, and vintage and outdated devices such as vintage multimeters and copper sterilising units form the base of many lights.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