Christchurch based Rekindle is a social enterprise that has rescued wood from earthquake damaged houses and turned it into furniture, childrens toys and artworks.
In 2013 Rekindle took on the ambitious project of reusing a whole red zoned house. Number 19 Admirals Way, New Brighton was a 1920’s California bungalow that was home to six families between 1925-2011. With the blessing of the last home owners the bungalow was deconstructed by hand, the materials were catalogued and photographed and filled six garages. Unsurprisingly the project wasn’t without its challenges – the discovery of asbestos and borer made some parts of the house unusable.
A catalogue of reusable materials was published and creative people near and far were invited to submit designs using some of the 480 materials listed. The stunning results are on display at Canterbury Museum until Sunday, 23 August. As well as unusually designed wooden furniture, there are musical instruments, glassware and glass jewellery, ceramic socks, a dog made from electrical wiring, and birdhouses.
On the evening of Monday 24 August a selection of items will be auctioned at the Isaac Theatre Royal – tickets $25. Funds raised will go towards a new project involving Rekindle and Kilmarnock Enterprises, an organisation that provides employment for people with a disability.
PS. As a fan of Rekindle I was disappointed not to be able to visit the exhibition in person, thanks to Mike for the photographs.