Film sets, furniture and props get a second lease of life thanks to salvage company Dresd

Film sets, furniture and props get a second lease of life thanks to salvage company Dresd

Working directly with major film, television and production companies, Dresd give film sets a new lease of life after the crew and stars have moved onto the next blockbuster. Once the director has hailed ‘It’s a wrap’, Dresd check in and offer ethical clearance, recyling and repurposing of the sets and furniture. Storage is a big issue for film production companies so this service offers a ‘Win-Win’ in a sustainable and creative way.

Some pieces are used to dress live events for corporate or private clients and charities, and the salvaged waste is designed and made into furniture or unique props for experiential marketing events, interior designers, private buyers and charitable auctions. Founder Lynn McFarlane and her team also undertake sustainable office refurbishment using reclaimed materials, including furniture design and production from their base at Pinewood Studios or their warehouses in Bristol and Essex.

Section of reclaimed scenery from a production, cleared and stored by Drèsd
Section of reclaimed scenery from a production, cleared and stored by Drèsd

This is a fantastic, cost-effective alternative to film set waste being sent to landfill or ‘waste to energy’ and good examples include the design and build of a living forest, a magicians parlour, a 1960s photography studio, an artists studio and a 1970s traditional retro pub for Stella McCartney’s London Fashion Week 2015 Green Carpet Collection launch at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in Mayfair which drew a star-packed crowd including Hollywood stars Salma Hayek, Drew Barrymore, Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Firth.

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Colin Firth surrounded by ex set pieces at Stella McCartney’s Green Carpet Challenge at London Fashion Week 2014
Paul Mcacartney at Stella McCartney launch
Stella’s Dad in the 1970s pub created from an ex set.

They designed and built designer outlet Kilver Court’s Stage 1 restaurant and set dressed the Ballroom using reclaimed and repurposed film set props. They also saved the Atlantis set from landfill!

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Rescued from the set of Atlantis
Design and build of Kilver Court’s Stage 1 Restaurant using reclaimed and repurposed film set props.
Design and build of Kilver Court’s Stage 1 Restaurant using reclaimed and repurposed film set props.
Dressing of Kilver Court’s Ballroom using reclaimed and repurposed film set props.
Dressing of Kilver Court’s Ballroom using reclaimed and repurposed film set props.

Drèsd have reincarnated and re-purposed many sets from major film & television productions in the UK and will soon be launching an online Prop Shop comprising of salvaged materials and objects including doors, windows, furniture and lighting. Stay tuned for more info!

 

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Wares from Dresd’s soon to launch film set prop shop
Table: film set prop soon available from Dresd prop store
Table: film set prop soon available from Dresd prop store

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    Paula Benson
    Film and Furniture Founder and Editor / Co-Creative Director at Form. Passionate about interiors, design, art, film, music and mind over matter.

21 responses to “Film sets, furniture and props get a second lease of life thanks to salvage company Dresd

  1. Hi Diane. We don’t sell furniture directly through the website – we show people where to find and buy exactly what they spot in the movies. However, we would recommend sites like Layerhome.com who sell preloved and vintage furniture if you’re looking to sell it through a third party.

  2. Hi
    I have a 1900’s ish bed which was owned by my grandparents & great grandparents.
    I would love it to be used somewhere rather than go to landfill. No money required, just collection from Bedfordshire.
    Regards Rosemary

  3. Hi Rosemary. We don’t sell furniture directly through the website – we show people where to find and buy exactly what they spot in the movies. However, we would recommend sites like Layerhome.com who sell preloved and vintage furniture if you’re looking to sell it through a third party.

  4. I have a 1950’s Dressing table and wardrobe if you wish to collect. It belonged to my Dad who recently died and nobody from the family wants it.

    Also I have a 1950/60’s single bed- cast iron/springs base and mattress

    None of the charities / auction houses want it. Would it interest you?

  5. Hello Matthew. We don’t buy furniture ourselves at F&F. We discuss and show people where to buy furniture and decor we spot in the movies. Apologies, we cannot help with this.

  6. i’ve been downsizing for an elderly gentleman who has many antiques and unique items that would be great period piece usage. WHo would you suggest I contact please? thank you so much for any help.

  7. Without knowing what the pieces are or where you are based it would be difficult to suggest who to contact, but we suggest you google Prop stores and prop rental companies in your area, or your local antique stores or auction houses who specialise in the period of furniture you have. Good luck!

  8. Hi, I have a life size prop of the President’s Blue Goose Podium. Just wondering if there are any companies interested in Cheaply made, but good looking replica.

  9. Howdy! Wanted to put our name in the hat for a GO TO smaller props @ the Rockn J Flea Market in Amsterdam NY. We are very close to Route I- 90 and route 30… not far from the NYC area. We can be seen ; rockn J Flea.com or FB rockn J Flea Market

  10. Hi, based in Buckinghamshire, we’ve just renovated a predominately Georgian ( although some parts date from Henry VIII ) and have original solid oak floor boards and floor joists and beams. Listings agreed we could remove them in couple areas – kitchen area and a room we were converting to bathroom.
    Wondered if they would be of interest for period props?

  11. Hi, we don’t buy in props directly, we’re not a prop shop – we publish articles on interesting film sets and furniture and show our readers where to buy those pieces. I suggest you contact Dresd directly or other prop houses.

  12. We have a 60s/ 70s three piece lounge suite in very good condition. We don’t want to scrap it.
    No charge
    We are from Norwich
    Please contact

  13. i have vintage furniture for sale, table with 8 chairs, hi back chairs and cabinets, gold silver ware, forks, knives and spoons and assorted drinking glasses.

  14. We are in the process of building a pop-culture museum in the Texas Panhandle and many old sets would serve as a wonderful back drop as well as add to the overall experience. Would be interested in finding out more information in locating places that have sets available.

  15. Hello I own a cabinet store in Oakland California and we have out dated never been use cabinets, bookshelves, tables and more. The items have been sitting in our showroom for years. Everything was made by hand and 100% wood and in working use. If you are interested please contact me. I can send you photos. Thanks

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