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Mixing Old & Now with OUD Now!

I really like it when people are so clever and creative that they reuse stuff that might end up in the cellar, or worse, a dump otherwise – making new out of the castaways, creating something stylish and one-of-a-kind. That’s what I admire about OUD Now! located in the Netherlands. I wrote about this Dutch firm a few years ago, but I have to refresh your memory because I think the man behind it, Dutch designer Theo Herfkens, is so cool!

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Those Dutch know how to do some pretty cool things to old stuff, I think they are the masters of transformation. I always like seeing what will come from them next. OUD Now! takes unloved pieces that are ornate and maybe “grandma” style, and combines them with very clean, modern and spare pieces so that the result is a mix of styles that somehow works.

Chocolate Creative

I would love to own this one, or this one, or okay this one too (only with a different handle, like this one from Chocolate Creative)… My friend, Margarita Lorenzo, makes the best knobs – I have to place an order for a few myself. Love them.

What do you think of these cabinets?

Posted by Holly Becker in Objects on April 27, 2013

Your comments...

  1. Jane commented
    April 27th, 2013 at 2:30pm

    Ooh! Sensational, Holly. Loving the clean lines and muted colours. And the whimsy of those knobs is something else.

  2. BohèmeCircus commented
    April 27th, 2013 at 2:54pm

    For me, reuse is a good concept for design and good for life. Revisiting his ideas, connect inspirations from different universes. This give me the idea of playing with old and new fabrics and papers , because unexpected pairings give always beautiful results.
    These cabinets are beautiful because they are also poetic, it is a bit like holding the hand of the past to make the link with the present!
    Thanks for the discovery of this Dutch designer.

  3. Marjory commented
    April 27th, 2013 at 4:55pm

    How sweet to re-purpose the ‘old’ and combine it with contemporary pieces. Grateful for designers like Theo Herfkens who keep Mother Earth in their minds and hearts. Bravo! Love the landscape scenes on the door knobs!

  4. Rebecca commented
    April 28th, 2013 at 2:41am

    I love the cabinet/drawer combos. How brilliant!

  5. Kate @ Songs Kate Sang commented
    April 28th, 2013 at 4:49am

    Love, love, love the knobs!

  6. Laurl commented
    April 28th, 2013 at 3:36pm

    Those cabinets are inspiring! I will certainly be looking at sad cabinets differently. I’m a huge fan of Droog and I’ve often thought about how I can be inspired by the cabinet of drawers. This is another way to look at the bigger peices, instead of just taking the drawers.

  7. Sandra commented
    April 28th, 2013 at 4:24pm

    These cabinets are absolutely amazing! I fell in love with the blue cabinet:
    http://www.oudnow.nl/OUDNOW/Kast17.html

    And I would also love to have this one:
    http://www.oudnow.nl/OUDNOW/Kast46.html

    It is great to re-use old furniture. Do you know these two from Berlin?

    http://www.dielerei.de
    http://schubladen.de

    Have a great Sunday!
    Sandra

  8. Ren commented
    April 29th, 2013 at 12:15pm

    I love love these cabinets, what a great idea!

  9. Tracy commented
    April 29th, 2013 at 4:27pm

    What a lovely idea! I especially love the door knobs!

  10. Margarita Lorenzo commented
    April 29th, 2013 at 6:56pm

    I am a fan of rescuing old furniture and give it a new fresh life, just done one little side bed table with my new fluro/neon colour knobs, by the way I recognise the ones you featured in here haha…thanks for the mention. They are selling so well and all over the world, that we can’t make enough of them. Right now starting to build an studio in Gran Canaria to continue with the handmade production.

  11. Danette commented
    April 29th, 2013 at 7:31pm

    I’m so curious about that top photo. Is that a daybed made of books?

  12. decor8 commented
    April 29th, 2013 at 9:45pm

    @Margarita – I better buy some soon before they’re all sold out!

  13. Sian Zeng commented
    April 30th, 2013 at 9:53am

    Love those knobs by chocolatecreative. When I move into a more permanent home, they will be the first thing I buy.

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