Rebuilt by Humans
Final Year student, Laura James (BA Product Design: Furniture) used her Work for Yourself Sandwich Year placement (20/21) to create her company Rebuilt by Humans upholstery. This business covers all aspects of upholstery including modern, traditional, and children’s upholstery.
Laura has a passion for furniture design and upholstered products. From designing the initial framework, colour and pattern of a product, through to the maintenance, re-upholstering and upcycling of much-loved pieces.
Laura named her business Rebuilt by Humans to represent her desire to help reduce the mass production of poorly made furniture that is filling up UK landfill sites. She wants to use her business brand to encourage clients to upcycle old furniture and become more environmentally aware.
One of Rebuilt by Humans specialisms is the upcycle of children’s furniture and upholstery. As a mother, Laura noticed that children’s furniture is quite plain and often poorly constructed. Laura believes that well-designed furniture in a child’s bedroom enhances the child’s own creativity and provides a far more fulfilling and enriching experience for them.
Laura would also like to develop upholstery classes through her business that will give clients the necessary skills to undertake upholstery tasks at home and engender an appreciation of or upcycled furniture.