Hack & Veldt, 94 Turnham Green Terrace, W4 1QN

Inspired by Scandinavian, minimalist design, owner Maike Hachfeld had only 5 weeks to custom build her shop in time for Christmas 2012.  
The focus was to create a comfortable and homely environment where patrons could enjoy a mixture of local produce and imported delicacies on site.  
Maike had previously lived in Chiswick as a student, and was motivated to return in search of the sense of community that had been so alluring the first time.  
With this in mind, she was determined to use her new space to encourage interaction between people as they savor the regular free tasting experiences.

So back in our Sussex workshop we fashioned a bespoke narrow plank top table and matching benches to bring diners and browsers together.  Fruit racks and crates now house endless treats that you cannot buy in the supermarket, and a reclaimed wood server has become a coffee bar of sorts.  

Hack & Veldt is fully licensed!

Pop in and see for yourself, there are breakfast treats available in the morning (complete with Monmouth coffee), homemade sandwiches, soups, salads and pies throughout the day (eat in or take away) and a large variety of artisan cheeses, charcuterie and store cupboard essentials. Hack & Veldt is fully licensed and you can pick up some tasty craft beers and wines with evening tasting events coming soon.

94 Turnham Green Terrace, Chiswick, London W4 1QN
Tel: 020 8742 0563
Open: Mon to Fri 7am-7pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm

The Old Cinema is hosting the launch of Ellie Laycock's new book; Creating The Vintage Look - 35 ways to upcycle for a stylish home.  

Upcycling is about taking something old, vintage, treasured or possibly even broken, and giving it a new lease of life by turning it into something new.  It’s a thrifty way of decorating and enhancing your home that avoids waste, but is also stylish, and here, Ellie Laycock shows you how you can make truly beautiful objects from things you might otherwise have thrown away.

Be inspired by the ingenuity of her projects – including turning old tin trays into chic magnetic noticeboards, using teapots as quirky planters, transforming a vintage fruit crate into a rustic bedside table and converting metal jelly moulds into tea light holders.

All of the 35 projects have clear instructions and artworks to guide you on how to make them, and a helpful techniques section will teach you any skills you need to know.
Published worldwide by Cico Books, September 2013.
Beautiful photography by Claire Richardson.
Charming illustrations by Harriet De Winton.

The launch opens at 6:30pm on Thursday 19th September, please RSVP to sales@theoldcinema.co.uk.  Guest list limited, please reply promptly.

The exhibition, which includes a display of many of the ideas and projects featured in the book, will continue Friday 20th through Sunday 22nd September.

Ellie Laycock trained as an artist and works as a London-based professional photographer for clients
such as Giorgio Armani, Sony Ericsson and Casa Vogue Brasil. A love of innovative design, stylish
interiors, and rummaging for vintage treasures led to the founding of her new company, Hunted and
Stuffed, which specializes in luxury homeware made from upcycled vintage

Her unique cushions were selected to appear in the first major upcycling exhibition in the UK at The Old Cinema, west London, and are stocked in independent boutiques and online stores. She recently won the Platinum Brand Amplifier award for female entrepreneurs and the Startup Britain PitchUp!’ Competition which resulted in her being selected to pitch her upcycled original vintage cushions to a major department store.

The author is based in Brixton, London.

Belgian industrial tool cabinet sourced from textile factory - £1085

 Oak haberdashers cabinet - £1350

Large Oak estate bank of drawers - £1850

19th century mahogany cupboard - £1850

Triple haberdashers unit - £1800

Painted bank of 32 metal drawers - £375

Upcycled bank of drawers - £220

Haberdashery cabinet c.1923 previously fitted in Selfridges - £2850

Upcycled haberdashery cabinet - £1150

Old shop haberdasery cabinet - £1150

French cabinet with 20 pull down compartments - £995

 Vintage Bank of drawers c.1940's sourced from Dutch printers - £1650

Vintage style painted bank of lockers - £725

 French Oak filing cabinet c.1930's - £485

Upcycled old shop fitting  - £425

Delightfully eccentric, with a humorous, eclectic style, Guy Chevenix-Trench is an upcycler extraordinaire.   A genial eco-warrior, with a flair for finding quirky charm in almost anything , Guy takes vintage household objects, memorabilia, or just ‘other people’s junk’;  which he turns into original yet functional objets d’art.

Lighting is his particular passion and, in his collection at The Old Cinema,  you might find a table lamp made from an aged cricket bat,  trumpet or fishing rod,  or perhaps a quirky pendant light fashioned using a vintage straw hat, or an old soda syphon. Guy also has a wonderful furniture collection, including tables made from 1950’s dolly tubs, wall mirrors made from antique wooden doors, or benches created from old water tanks. 

Guy also makes bespoke items, which are extremely popular as unique and inspired gifts.   Whether he’s presented with an a fishing rod, a pair of ice skates, or even, as on one occasion,  a coin-operated electric meter, Guy revels in the challenge of a new brief:  Has he ever been presented with anything he can’t work with?  “I haven’t been beaten yet” he chuckles. 

His fascination with the old, the quirky or the unusual,  was inspired by his antique-dealer grandmother; a redoubtable lady, whose accuracy with a shotgun earned her the distinguished reputation as  ‘the best shot in Sussex”.  With a voracious appetite for a bargain, she  careered around the countryside in an old, open-topped Bentley, with a posse of barking dachshunds, scouring junk shops and scrap yards.  She often took the young Guy with her on these determined forays and they would both poke about about amongst dusty memorabilia and bric-a-brac for hidden gems.

Guy’s first job, however,  was as a diver in the North Sea where he spent much time welding and mending equipment underwater, usually in difficult conditions;  “If it needed fixing you somehow had to find a way to do it” he says.  He then ran a water sports centre, and taught windsurfing, but his real passion was always antiques. Eventually,  his wife, an interior designer, suggested he started a business selling vintage furniture and chandeliers. When this didn’t take off, Guy decided on a more creative approach and with his combination of imagination and practical know-how, he began creating his own pieces.

His first project was a light made out of a old piece of decorative balustrade which he couldn’t bear to see wasted. It looked terrific and it worked; he made a few more and took them to an interiors fair where they immediately sold out. He then made a series of lamps using bowling balls,  the same thing happened,  and from then, there was no stopping him.   He began turning rifles and fishing rods into desk lights, crafted wall mirrors from tennis rackets, old wheels and cricket bats and even turned a collection of tractor seats into a quirky set of kitchen stools.  

Lighting selection

Now, Guy’s collection is almost limitless. Church railings are used to make  console tables, chandeliers are created from bits of rusty agricultural machinery, including one made from an old harrow,  and an old K2 telephone kiosk door is made into a wall mirror that would add stupendous charm to a loft apartment or barn conversion. What’s his success down to? “ I think I’ve got a good eye” he says “the older, rustier, shabbier, more pock-marked the better‘. Everywhere he goes, he keeps a magpie-like eye out; on walks,or  in scrap yards,  junk shops or skips; discarded items usually hold some sort of allure and Guy loves nothing better than working on a way to bring it out and make something new and completely original out of something which has outgrown its original purpose.

Guy’s eclectic, eco-savvy style recently caught the eye of Charlie Gilkes, the owner and proprieter of Mr Fogg’s, a quirky Mayfair  cocktail bar, themed around the travels and exploits of the fictional protagonist in Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days’

Charlie wanted to create a sense of history, fun, adventure and imagination and he sought Guy’s help in tracking down a list of weird and wonderful travel memorabilia including a balloon basket, a huge bird cage and a stuffed crocodile. Guy also made and supplied some delightfully quirky trademark table lamps made variously out of leather riding boots, shot guns and old snow skis.  The collaboration was a huge success and Mr Fogg’s opened to rave reviews earlier this year.
“To me upcycling means taking a throwaway thing and making it into something else with a purpose’ says Guy.  “It has a ‘wow’ factor; you walk into a room and see something that is completely different’.   One of his favourite household items is the original Kodak concertina camera;  “It’s such a well-designed and engineered piece of equipment and it brought photography to the masses. I love the fact it can be turned into a thing of beauty and passed on to the next generation instead of just being forgotten about.” 

Guy founded Antiques by Design in 2002.  He also shows his work at interiors fairs and shows nationwide . Guy also keeps a large collection of his work in a huge converted barn in Essex.

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