Ordinary Made Extraordinary

One man’s tat really is another man’s treasure – and Pascal Anson is a man with a treasure trove perhaps more welcoming than most.

Ordinary Made Extraordinary.
Ordinary Made Extraordinary.

The designer sets about in a Womble-like fashion making and re-making all sorts of objects from bits and bobs most of us would throw away.

Cushion ingredients
Cushion ingredients

His new book, Ordinary Made Extraordinary, sets out 24 projects than use “everyday stuff” to form something new and unexpected.

The New Set
The New Set

Thrifty Anson’s projects range from the surreal (a sellotape chandelier) to the cute (we rather like the coloured kitchen doorknobs) to the downright heinous – a pair of old trainers get covered in butterflies, to create a sort of terrifying Frankenshoe.

The Sellotape Chandelier
The Sellotape Chandelier

We get the impression, though, that it’s all quite tongue in cheek, rather than boldly cashing in on the post-recession make do and mend goldrush.

The Staircase
The Staircase

Instead it’s a rather sweet, pretty eccentric look inside the man of one inventive designer, busying himself with projects that sometimes havce unexpectedly beautiful results.

Waterproof Shoes
Waterproof Shoes

Ordinary Made Extraordinary by Pascal Anson is published by Square Peg Priced £18

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