I’ve seen many of Katie Thompson’s pieces in magazines and on websites, but I saw them close-up for the first time at Decorex Jo’burg. The craftsmanship is impeccable and her unique pieces exude quirk and personality. If you don’t prescribe to the cookie cutter style you find in furniture chain stores, this is for you.
Using pieces of discarded junk, Katie recreates a unique, recycled range of furniture, lighting and interior accessories, each piece infused with its own previous character but with a new function. By blending South African craftsmanship, with high end finishes and her own eclectic perfectionist flair, Katie creates an original end product with a new integrity that epitomizes the very best of South African design.
Graduating with a distinction from Design Time School of Interior Design in Cape Town, Katie Thompson has seven years experience in the design, furniture and fabric industry in London and Cape Town.
The inspiration behind Recreate was Katie’s passion and flair for transforming the ordinary to the extraordinary.
Katie never works within established stylistic boundaries. She creates an eclectic combination of styles, materials and finishes; this skill highlights her passion and her ability to find the intrinsic beauty and new, hidden purpose in the old, discarded items she chooses for her pieces.
A hoarder of all things useless, impractical, broken, colourful and shiny; Katie’s designs show tell tale signs of her Dadaist leanings.
You can buy her pieces online at http://www.recreate.za.net/ or at Entropy in Melville and Africa Nova in Greenpoint.
Alternatively you browse through the Recreate studio in Salt River, Cape Town. (opposite the Biscuit Mill at 368 Albert Road)
Fabric by Design Team with an African inspired cameo.