Out of the Dark is a charitable social enterprise that recycles, restores and revamps salvaged furniture as a means to train, educate and employ young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
At the heart of Out of The Dark lies the premise of creating an extended family. Not only is the enterprise run as a family business, all young people involved are welcomes into the fold and become part of the family.
Founded by Jay and Jade Blades, Out of the Dark is an extension to Street Dreams, the charity that they have been running for the past 13 years.
Their charity’s projects are all about supporting young people achieve a better life and steer away from crime, and this project brings in the element of craft, DIY and work skills. Not to mention the development of self esteem and confidence.
Out of the Dark is based in High Wycombe, the once epicentre of British furniture manufacturing.
By salvaging iconic pieces of furniture they are not only lessening the amount of CO2 emissions and amount of rubbish in landfill sites, they are giving the furniture a new lease of life that will extend the history for new generations to savour.
Designersblock paid them a visit last weekend to see the studio and talk to the young people and to catch up with Jay and Jade. We were lucky enough to be there at the same time as Evening Standard journalist Barbara Chandler pictured below. View her pictures of the visit here.
Out of the Dark work with commercial clients, such as interior designers and specifiers, as well as directly with the public and with retailers such as Heals.
Learn more about Out of The Dark here
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+44 (0) 1494 550286
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