the house of upcycling

In 2014, whilst running her eco interiors style and workshop 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 her 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 or community voice or clear understanding of the aesthetic, economic and environmental benefits of their work.In particular, they had no united voice or community support platform. One Tuesday evening in September 2014, Chris launched the Twitter hour #UpcycledHour which became a social media sensation of its time. Over the next three four years #Upcycled Hour evolved to become the UK and Ireland's leading authority on professional upcycling for interiors and in 2019, rebranded to become the House of Upcycling.

House of Upcycling Timeline

2014: #UpcycledHour launches

2015: First #UpcycledHour social event Newark Notts

2016

  • #UpcycledHour Live Brighton I

  • Membership created

2017: #UpcycledHour Live Brighton II

2018

  • Stand and upcycling demonstrations at the Handmade Fair

  • Stage appearance at Grand Designs ExCeL & NEC

  • ChrisB judges at the London Upcycling Show E.London

2019 

  • #UpcycledHour on Twitter closes

  • Stand at the House & Garden Festival Olympia

  • Stand at Grand Designs Live NEC

  • Stand and upcycling demonstrations at the Weald & Downing Country Fair

  • Course Contributor for KLC School of Design

  • ChrisB wins Blue Patch Sustainability Award: Female Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Industry Partner of the British Institute of Interior Design

  • rebrand to become the House of Upcycling 

2020

  • Product Partner for Design Havens for Heroes

  • Article in Forbes and FT Weekender by Roddy Clarke

  • Contributing Partner to the De Montford International Upcycling Symposium

2021

  • Member Presenters on BBC2's Saved & Remade

  • ChrisB contributing author to De Montford University International Upcycling Symposium publication

  • ChrisB contributing author to BIID Sustainability Specification

  • HoU one of first twenty signatories to Interior Design Declares proclamation

2022: ChrisB contributing partner to De Montford University International Upcycling Research Network