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Off His Trolley

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Monday September 19


An English designer is trying to add to the already high price of groceries by nicking shopping trolleys and turning them into furniture.

Colin Lovekin (real name) of Budlake (again, real), Exeter, Devon would have us believe he only uses abandoned trolleys (in other words the ones that somebody else nicked). He says about 100,000 trolleys are destroyed every year in Britain alone. Many of them ending up in landfill sites (read dump).

See the original story here – http://www.ananova.com

The 46 year old (late starter) made his first batch of trolley-based furniture for his B.A. degree in three dimensional design.

Newly-graduated he is now looking at the potential for nicking...ah sorry...making the furniture on a commercial basis.

So far he’s made three chairs and a sofa while studying for his university degree. The final chair design, your Mark III, shown here, features curved arms, wheeled legs and a basket on the back.

To be fair to Mr Lovekin (and don't you just love that name!), he says he was given the trolleys by Sainsbury's - a large grocery chain. The BBC picked up the story (http://newswm.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/devon/4173352.stm )

"I was looking to make a chair from inappropriate material," he said when explaining how he came up with the idea.

"I telephoned Sainsbury's and asked if they had any spare trolleys, and within 10 minutes I had a telephone call from head office."

"I already had an idea of a shape for the furniture, and cut the trolleys up into their component parts to make them."

Mr Lovekin, a college warden in Somerset for five years, is also a cabinet maker and upholsterer.

Sainsbury's, which saw his creations at a London design show in July, was looking at the potential for using his furniture in advertising, he added.

Don’t you wish you’d thought of this? A real conversation piece. He could call it The Lovekin Lounger. But he'll have to do something about the wheels, which always seem to have a mind of their own. I think he’s on to something though. I’ve ordered mine for Christmas. With a set of widies.

Reader Comments (1)

can i firstly say that colin is a legened and is one of my teachers at school and secondly he didnt nick any of the trolleys they were donated by sainsbury's! So Screw you
September 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterTruth Teller

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