Awkward

Bespoke furniture & storage from recycled & reclaimed materials

Spaces

Awkward

Spaces

Bespoke furniture & storage from recycled & reclaimed materials

Space

Philosophy

We are not rich by what we possess but by what we can do without.

Immanuel Kant

We often take for granted that the dwellings we live in, the furniture that fills it, and the tools we use in our day-to-day lives are fixed, unchangeable variables. If a space is awkward— if a roof slopes too low to fit a wardrobe, if a wall is too short to fit a cabinet—then it’s dismissed as an inflexible lost cause. But a space that seems limited can be made more colorful, more interesting through utilising a philosophy of space that works with the awkwardness, not in spite of it. Space philosophy is about finding creative and outside the box solutions which enrich a space without compromising on utility.

Awkward Spaces creates bespoke furniture using first and foremost reclaimed and recycled materials, rebuilding existing objects to fit non-standard lifestyle requirements. It stretches available budgets efficiently, considering the needs of the project and the possibility offered by the space. Our space philosophy is about being in harmony with the space that surrounds us; the space we call our own.

Space

Studies

The problems are solved not by giving new information but by arranging what we have known since long.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Knock on Wood

A barn door isn’t just for storing the hay, and provides an interesting addition to a difficult space. This door functions to cover the doorway to a remarkably tiny bathroom where a hinged or concertina door would have no space to open fully. By placing the door on a rolling rail, the space is immediately opened up, while leaving the doorway well covered.

bathroom door

I Want to Store my Bicycle

Elemental woes are the bane of bicycles—and their owners. A carefully constructed wood and glass frame has proven to be a better solution than the bulky metal and plastic of commercial bike sheds, with more space and versatility. Fitting around six bikes, this rack also provides easy access to the shed when necessary, without walls cutting off the area entirely.

bicycle rack

Step Up

Following in the footsteps of the great cupboard-under-the-stairs, steps don’t have to be just empty space. A rolling platform allows this short step to be utilised as expansive storage, covering up a large amount of dead space in the process. This storage keeps bulk out of the way, transforming an existing problem into an invaluable convenience.

under step storage

Bedrooms Don't Grow

Children: blink and, suddenly, they’ve grown a foot larger. The same unfortunately doesn’t apply to houses, and a lack of space can quickly become an issue. Beds especially are a vital, but square-footage consuming monster, especially when having to house multiple people. Bunk beds are a solution that grows upwards, not outwards, to meet demand, and custom beds can be tailor made to suit specific, rather than standardised, needs.

bunk bed

Dressed in the Dark

Night shifts, early starts, and inconveniently placed wardrobes are the leading causes of picking up the wrong shirt when getting dressed in a hurry. This wardrobe with built in lighting has helped avoid countless fashion malfunctions, especially on a cold, bleary January morning. A lower rail and a top shelf maximise the space and lighting up both the top and bottom sections uses this compact wardrobe to its fullest capacity.

wardrobe with lights

Pop & Pour

If you don’t have a castle with a wine cellar, a wine rack can cleverly store and display wines and glasses, with both safely out of the way of clumsy hands. This configuration also makes it easy to pour a glass, with glassware stored directly beneath the bottles for ease of access.

wine bottle holder

Saturday Night Fever

Practicality and lighting combines into one radiant project, building storage into an existing wall and serving as a cupboard, a coffee table, and a lamp all at once. Four doors allow the contents to be accessed easily while still using the full extent of the horizontal space available. Including lighting within the design leaves more of the surrounding space free to use and removes some unnecessary wire clutter.

inbuilt wall storage with light

This fence hasn’t been ripped from the hull of a ship, but it looks that way, indulging nautical feelings in the most innocuous of spaces. As a front-facing fence, this specimen had to look inviting, rather than closed off to all visitors. A small window also acts as a spyhole, opening up the area beyond the fence and helping to avoid light-deficient areas in the space around it.

garden gate

All Booked Up

Another take on sturdy upwards construction, this book shelf is both tall and narrow while remaining safe to use for heavy books. Unorthodox space distribution means that the shelf can fit in the smallest spaces without losing functionality, and the hollow design transforms an otherwise unwieldly piece of furniture into a slender storage space.

space saving shelving unit

More Than a Kernel

Gardening isn’t just a hobby for big gardens and acres of space. Nature can flourish even in the smallest of spaces, given the right conditions. Multi-use planters make gardening more accessible and less daunting, fitting onto the tiniest patio. Reusing materials also makes gardening more eco-friendly, cutting down on the need for bulky plastics.

plant container

Ace of

Space

My name is Stephen. I grew up on building sites, making things from scrap and leftover materials. All these years later I’m still thinking about and working with discarded and unassuming materials, re-purposing them into functional objects for living environments. I live in an awkward space, in a beautiful location (on a river, in a bird reserve a minute’s walk to the sea), and it seems obvious to me that reclaiming and re-purposing materials intelligently and creatively is a must environmentally and economically, both a practical solution to reducing waste while at the same time an opportunity to functionally enhance the spaces we occupy.

My two other passions in life are philosophy and music. I have written for The Wire, Record Collector and Mute Magazine on various strands of left-field, experimental and outsider musics and have produced or contributed to a dozen or so albums. I also have a PhD in philosophy and have been teaching the subject for over 20 years.

Ace of

Space

My name is Stephen. I grew up on building sites, making things from scrap and leftover materials. All these years later I’m still thinking about and working with discarded and unassuming materials, re-purposing them into functional objects for living environments. I live in an awkward space, in a beautiful location (on a river, in a bird reserve a minute’s walk to the sea), and it seems obvious to me that reclaiming and re-purposing materials intelligently and creatively is a must environmentally and economically, both a practical solution to reducing waste while at the same time an opportunity to functionally enhance the spaces we occupy.

My two other passions in life are philosophy and music. I have written for The Wire, Record Collector and Mute Magazine on various strands of left-field, experimental and outsider musics and have produced or contributed to a dozen or so albums. I also have a PhD in philosophy and have been teaching the subject for over 20 years.

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an awkward

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We shouldn't be looking for heroes, we should be looking for good ideas.

Noam Chomsky

Sliding Bathroom
Door

Bicycle Rack

Under step
storage