From the left: Fur Flower Throw Pillow – made from vintage fur coats, Vintage Supergraphic Turquoise and Chartreuse Pillow, Black Rabbit Fur Pillow (100 percent reclaimed genuine fur), Supergraphic Floral Pillow from Vintage Cotton.
I may be inciting some enraged faces with my title, but honestly, the ladies behind Ouno Design have really made it OK! Their mastery with ‘upcycling’ – using salvaged materials in the creation of new objects – has given vintage bedding, curtains, tablecloths, fabric remnants, clothing and yes, old fur coats, a new lease on life. They make everything from purses, button necklaces and throws, to rugs, bedding, sunshades and room dividers, but their mainstay is most definitely their pillows, particularly of the fur variety.
What they figure is before the advent of Gore-Tex and other such outdoor finery, in a cold climate like Canada’s, fur was a widely used material. There is so much old fur around, that to simply discard it would be even less respectful to the animal than to make it into something new.
And that they do, in the form of home accessories. Every pillow, throw, bedspread, rug, etc, is one of a kind, made by hand at their studio and headquarters, the converted Good Shepherd Mission in Vancouver (if you’re in the area, it would be well wroth your while to book an appointment to view Ouno’s space – it’s beautiful!)
Only rare vintage textiles and second-hand furs in top condition are used, which they clean professionally. On rare occasions they’ll use new sustainably-produced fabrics such as organic cotton, hemp and bamboo.
I don’t know about you, but a fur bedspread on a cold, Canadian winter night sounds heavenly to me! And if you’re still not a fan, their vintage fabric creations are no less impressive, not to mention unique as everything is made in very limited quantities. Do I hear gift ideas (for someone you really, really like)?