Sew Me Collection: antique sewing machines upcycled by Stef van der Bijl

SEW ME Collection: antique sewing machines upcycled by Stef van der Bijl – upcycleDZINE
I really like old machines, big and small. For example a vintage typewriter [Kids pay attention, that’s what people used to type a letter with. A sort of keyboard!] or a sewing machine. I think they are beautiful. These antique machines are real icons, which in this era have lost their function.

Sewing machines in new context

These beautiful sewing machines have been upcycled into something different. Designer Stef van der Bijl, founder of vanderBijl – design & interior in Amsterdam | The Netherlands, created the Sew Me Collection. Stef van der Bijl also redesigned all the pieces belonging to a sewing machine set, and turned them into interior products.
SEW ME Collection: antique sewing machines upcycled by Stef van der Bijl – upcycleDZINE
One of the most striking designs and part of this stunning collection is the Sew Me Lamp. The light turns on and dims by turning the hand wheel. The lamp is a limited collection.
SEW ME Collection: antique sewing machines upcycled by Stef van der Bijl – upcycleDZINE
SEW ME lamp by vanderBijl – design & interior – upcycleDZINE
Stef van der Bijl:

“When things have lost their function, I try to give them a new life by creating a new function. A combination between antique and modern is interesting by contrast. So grab something old and place it in a new context. Don’t deny your own past, but use the past to create something new.”

SEW ME lamp by vanderBijl – design & interior – upcycleDZINE
SEW ME Collection: antique sewing machines upcycled by Stef van der Bijl – upcycleDZINE
Photos © vanderBijl – design & interior

And in my opinion that’s exactly what makes his designs so appealing. The fact that he creates something new that is based on the old in this day and age of internet and enormous technological development.

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