Would it not be lovely to have a piece of furniture that you can be sure no one else owns and for which no tree had to be chopped down? The ‘Dutch Berliner’ Mike Raaijmakers does just that by creating 100 per cent unique furniture pieces exclusively from recycled materials. Upcycling, which describes the process of using discarded materials and converting them into a high-quality, shiny new product, is one of the hottest trends in interior design right now. Yet Mike Raaijmakers only discovered its potential by chance. “I got the idea to launch a web shop for recycled
furniture when I visited my cousin Pim in Holland,” remembers the original Dutch founder of Berlin-based interior design label JOHANENLIES.”