Lacking some creative inspiration but fancy the idea of filling your home with some seriously unique pieces, upping your pets street-cred and being nice to the planet all at the same time? Well, it’s your lucky day. Oregon based upcycling and vintage wizards – AtomicAttic, have made it their business (literally), to turn what were once useless or unwanted items into some of the most original and quite frankly awesome pet products around.
For those of you who are saying ‘up-what-now?’ Upcycling is the practice of taking something that is disposable and transforming it into something of greater use and value. Sounds nice right? Well it is. The technique is being used to amazing effect in fashion, product design, furniture and even pet products.
Who are AtomicAttic?
AtomicAttic was set up by Miles and Aimee Harrison in June 2010. “Miles has been creating something out of nothing in our home for years. It was only a matter of time before he made a living doing so,” says Aimee. Clearly not busy enough with their army of cats and kids (five and counting……cat’s that is!), Miles and Aimee trawl flea markets, garage sales, thrift shops and antique stores, sourcing anything from old suitcases to furniture and defunct technology. “Instead of trashing something and adding to the problem, we like to find another use for it,” says Aimee.
Using their keen eye for design and a fair amount of elbow grease, they then convert their findings into a range of uniquely cool pieces that you won’t find on the High Street, from cat and dog beds to feeding bowls – including the one pictured below which doubles as a travel case so you can pack everything you need; food, toys, leashes and water.
“Vintage items have an honesty we’re drawn to and unique character traits that the ‘new’ don’t seem to have”, explains Aimee. Styles can include anything from Mid-Century Modern to Hollywood Regency, Contemporary and Retro.
When it comes to the design process, the inspiration for each piece comes from every individual item they discover. Some of the most popular pieces include the iMac Beds and the upcycled suitcase beds with pedestal base. It’s no secret that cats enjoy being up on a pedestal!
AtomicAttic also work on custom design projects for their clients. “We designed five beds for one customer to have in every room of her home,” explains Aimee. “She sent us the pictures of the room in her house and gave us full reign to make something great that would fit with her style and her home.”
You can check out the AtomicAttic range proudly modelled by Aimee and Miles’ cats (although suitable for dogs too) Penny (the eldest snob), Peter (the wild scaredy cat), Min (the lover of all things), Melvis (the attention must-haver) and Cover Girl (the gentle soul) at www.atomicattic.com.
Prices range from £10 -£400, with the average price being around £70.
AtomicAttic deliver internationally.