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Had a great afternoon yesterday at Out of the Dark, a High Wycombe-based charity that helps young people learn a trade, find some self-respect and recycle some damn good furniture while they’re at it.
They sell lots of their stuff at the trendy London design fairs as much of their stuff is mid-century, but they also exhibit locally. You can also buy straight from their warehouse just minutes outside the centre of Wycombe (though you’ll be driving up and down Oakridge Road for 10 minutes trying to find it – tip: from the A40, turn right onto Oakridge and it’s on the right at the bottom. If you’re heading up hill you’ve gone too far!)
I met Travis (below), a 19 year old who’s been working for Out of the Dark for two years, and now has aspirations to be a doctor. I found him quietly re-caning a chair, and the limegreen armchair you see him sitting in is another refurb that he’s leading.
Out of the Dark runs lots of furniture-related events, and there’s talk of a pop-up shop in Portobello Road in November. But lucky us, we don’t need to go that far. Just pop over to the Wycombe warehouse or buy online at www.outofthedark.org.uk for modern classics with a twist.
The showroom is open on Fridays and Saturdays 10am-5pm, or by appointment. Unit 6, Abercromby Works, 2 Oakridge Road, High Wycombe, HP11 2PF. Tel: 01494 550286 / 07730 605564. www.outofthedark.org.uk