‘Scrapheap junk’ is a real gold mine for this designer from Swords

by Sylvia Pownall

A former engineer from Swords has turned his passion for scrap metal into an eco-business, making lighting and homewares from recycled materials.

Emmet Bosonnet from Castlefarm will be showing his clever creations at Gifted – The Contemporary Craft and Design Fair in the RDS, from December 4-8.

The driving force behind Kopper Kreation, Emmet has been known to forage in skips and willingly throw himself onto the scrapheap in an effort to make beautiful things from items others have discarded.

He admitted: “I visit a scrap yard about once a month and when I’m there, the ten-year-old kid in me is jumping up and down with excitement.”

The copper piping, brass fittings, chiller units and other metal items he finds are repurposed and reinvented to become stylish contemporary light fittings, book ends, candle sticks and tea light holders.

It was while working as a senior engineer in a company making solar panels and renewable technology that Emmet chanced upon his unlikely treasure trove.

He revealed: “One day at work I had to drive to a scrap yard as our normal driver was away. I was shocked to see how much perfectly fine material was being thrown away, so I went back and bought it.”

What began as a hobby became a full-time career move in 2018. Emmet’s Kopper Kreation is based at The Chocolate Factory, off Dublin’s Parnell Street.

Good design is key for the former engineer, whose studio has some retail space which he has turned into a design store called ‘Raw Material’. There he also sells the work of other ‘industrial-style’ creatives.

He said: “You can recycle copper, but there is a huge carbon footprint in transporting the metal and smelting it down. It’s much better if you can repurpose the copper here at home.

“I try to make things that not only look good but that are also adaptable and flexible, and most importantly, that are affordably priced.”

Gifted at the RDS is home to more than 500 stands packed with original gifts, with two areas designated specifically to environmentally-friendly products and a spectacular food emporium hosting more than 100 artisan producers.

Its opening day features a 10% discount off everything. Full details and booking can be found at www.giftedfair.ie.

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