‘I’M CHALLENGING THE IDEA THAT RECYCLED MATERIALS MEANS LOWER QUALITY ’
The piece of jarrah is a dark sepia brown, with a grain so tight it is hard to make out. Some 200 years ago, this tree was chopped down in the southwest corner of Western Australia. It was brought to Bristol and hammered into the silt of the Floating Harbour to form a dock for Georges Brewery, at their site opposite Castle Park. With the development of Finzels Reach it emerged from the muddy water into daylight again, drying out and being bought by designer Beck Prior from a recycling centre. In her newly fitted-out retail space and workshop on West Street in Old Market, she handles the jarrah gently, showing the cuts she will make to give it a whole new life.