the house of upcycling

In 2014, whilst running her eco interiors style and workshop advisory consultancy Eco Chic Interiors, Chris Billinghurst discovered a hidden movement of artisans creating unique items for interiors in a planet-positive way. Using Twitter to build awareness of her business and create her own directory of professional upcyclers to support Eco Chic Interiors projects, Chris unearthed a wealth of creative reuse artists who weren't part of a professional craft group, who often felt isolated with no support, community voice or clear understanding of the aesthetic, economic and environmental benefits of their work. One Tuesday evening in September 2014, Chris launched the Twitter hour #UpcycledHour which became a social media sensation in its time. Over the next four years #Upcycled Hour evolved to become the UK and Ireland's leading authority on professional upcycling for interiors, rebranding in 2019 to become the House of Upcycling.

2014

#UpcycledHour launches

2016

House of Upcycling Membership begins

2017

#UpcycledHourLive Brighton

2018

Grand Designs Live London and Birmingham

2019

House & Garden Festival

Industry Partner of the British Institute of   

Interior Design

Course contributor at KLC School of Design

Contributor to De Montfort university 'State-of-the-Art Upcycling' book

Rebrand from #UpcycledHour

2020

Interior Design Declares Signatory

Design Havens for Heroes Partner

2021

Ask An Expert stand Grand Designs Live

Virtual booth Vegan Interior Design Week

Grand Designs Live

2021

Member Lisa White of A Twist of Somerset advises on upcycling as part of the HoU Ask An Expert stand at GDL Birmingham

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