March 12, 2015. PJ came home with 99 industrial carts loaded in his van. PJ is my partner in crime, my prince charming, my knight in shining armor and most of all, wonderful father of my fantastic son. Last year, he started BOLD, an online shop of vintage industrial antiques. He hunts down forgotten items from forgotten places all across Europe.
PJ saved the carts from the scrapyard. They originally belonged to a textile print factory in Kortrijk. For decades the carts transported goods throughout the factory. The iron frames were weathered, but intact. The wooden tops were lost.
At the time we had no idea what to do with all those transport carts, so we stored them in the old piggery of PJ’s grandparents.
And all of a sudden, there was that moment. Me and PJ had our weekly meeting on Sunday (it is as awkward as it sounds, to have a professional meeting at the kitchen table with your prince charming) and we were planning 2016. And then I launched the bold idea to tackle the 99 carts, by myself, in one year.
Every six weeks I want to deliver a prototype. In week 1 I will think about the concept; in week 2 I will do some research about the materials and think about how to execute the idea. The following week I want to spar with technical experts for advice and input, because creating furniture is a very new thing to me. And then I have 3 weeks to make something bold and cool of the old and neglected transport cart. January is reserved for creating this blog. So, by the end of the year 2016 I will have 8 prototypes of upcycled industrial carts. Kind of crazy ambitious, if you know I have a full-time job, a business to co-run and a very active 2-year-old toddler. Challenging, but great fun!
This is how my year will look like, more or less:
And here is an invitation to you all: if you have a bright idea to transform a cart into a want-to-have design item, share it with me. There is a chance I might try it!