Sunday, 22 March 2009

Miss Magpie: customised furniture and homewares

"We try to find practical uses for old records," explains Martin to me as I look at him in horror.
"You're speaking to a DJ, Martin! How could you say such a thing?" and so began the process of my new friend's back-tracking as he introduced me to Miss Magpie.

Craft Crunch had ventured to New Cross to check out two craft fairs. One was part of the Telegraph Hill festival and another was at the Amersham Arms pub, a venue close to my heart as it was one of the first ever London venues that I DJ'd at.

My horror at Martin's statement soon turned to curiosity as I was shown some very cool coasters made out of 70s vinyl record labels (at just £2.50 each), with music references that are guaranteed to impress home guests. "Kool & The Gang? I love those guys!". Imagine rocking those bad boys on a decoupage coffee table covered in mini-psychedelic rock posters sealed in a tough PVA & resin coating customised by these guys (from £60).

Miss Magpie is the name of the company that finds new uses for things that people don't want. But rather than just finding chic things and selling them on, these guys add their own brand of nostalgic edginess that turns a flat from 'hum drum', to 'funky drummer'.

Miss Magpie goes someway towards providing some justice for old records. "Vinyl will never die" as the saying goes. And if you're enjoying records as homewares, just make sure you have the music on MP3 too.

Name: Carol Vigurs (36) and Martin Found (38)
From: Deptford, London
Are: homeware creators and furniture customisers
Brand/label: Miss Magpie

Carol and Martin are currently creating a schedule of fairs and markets to attend. If you're interesting in finding out more, want to commission a piece of unique furniture or get your hands on any of their homewares, email them at

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