What the best bargain or piece you've ever found?
Ooh, so many! I'm not precious about my finds. I generally price my pieces on quality and design complexity rather than the original make of the furniture. There are so many quality makers out there, and some of them are quite underground but of high quality. Don't be fooled by the top names, especially if you are going to upcycle them
And your favourite piece you've ever designed?
I LOVE PINEAPPLES! I always have, about nine years ago I made a wardrobe – black with cut out pineapples – people around me thought I was bonkers. It sold to a country house in Sussex, and I think that was probably the start of my career, it had lots of press and received lots of attention. Probably because it was so odd, but I liked it because it was so different. Now you look around and it's pineapple madness!
Lucy's top five tips for sourcing vintage pieces for upcycling:
1. Always check drawer runners; these get a lot of wear and tear, especially if the drawers have had heavy items in there.
2. Look for the overall quality, not just the shape and form.
3. Check for stability, sometimes it could just be a loose leg, but no one wants a wobbly piece of furniture.
4. Don't be fooled by a bad finish on a piece, I have discovered rosewood under old varnishes and stains before.
5. Remember to take a tape measure to check your piece will fit in your home, a full belly, and a clear head (this last one applies to life in general, not just furniture)!