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If you’ve ever wondered what to do with your old furniture, you need to know about Jay Blades who runs Jay & Co.
Don’t chuck it, restore it….Jay is set to make you re-think your furniture options, in the same way our chefs of today have made us re-think ‘how we prepare and eat our food’.
Jay is a furniture expert and tv presenter, who has immense knowledge on how to literally turn ‘an old pre-owned wooden chair’ into an ‘attractive, modern chair’ that anyone would love to have in their home!
No project is too big or small. Jay’s unique vision makes him unique in the world of interiors as he redesigns, reworks and restores salvaged pieces of furniture in his own distinctive style - that honours the original workmanship and design. Many of the pieces of furniture Jay restores have been abandoned in skips, and these are then transformed into bespoke pieces!
Jay & Co is a social enterprise, that works with disadvantaged and disengaged young people to help them achieve sustainable, positive lives through practical, interactive interiors projects.
Prior to running Jay & Co, Jay was the Co-founder of the award winning charity ‘Out of the Dark’. As a highly skilled community leader, Jay’s creative talent of being able to redesign, rework and restore abandoned furniture, is bringing back a host of dying British Crafts!
By working specifically with teenagers via mentoring and by teaching them the practical skills of how to restore and replenish old furniture, Jay is bringing back into the community many British Crafts, which have been long forgotten.
Jay’s ethos when working with teenagers is clear, when he says ‘if you truly wish to improve your self-confidence’, self-esteem, and self-worth, stop allowing other people to be responsible for them’.
Additionally, Jay teaches workshops in Heals in London, as well as the Home Counties where he teaches people how to redesign and restore furniture for their own homes.
The recent BBC Show ‘Money For Nothing’, saw Jay showing viewers his skills and the show described Jay as, “One of the UK’s coolest furniture designers’.
Jay & Co offers services, which include upholstery, furniture restoration, sourcing and private commissions.