Discover all things upcycled and recycled in the Newcastle Mall
When HUNTERhunter sat down with the owner and inspiration behind One Man’s Trash (OMT), Lloyd Kellet, Lloyd explained very quickly how it all came to be, ‘out of necessity’. The OMT story quite simply started with Lloyd needing a desk for his house, and from a few bits and pieces that were lying around the shed he built one, and then some chairs were needed, so he built them and so the story continues. One year on Lloyd hasn’t stopped and now has a legion of fans watching his every welding move.
Working from the backyard shed, Lloyd is surrounded by bits and pieces of all shapes and sizes, and while they may look like scraps of metal and bits of junk to most of us, to Lloyd they’re individual pieces of art that with some time and energy, pull together to create spectacular, one-off furniture and homeware pieces.
For Lloyd there’s never been a master plan with much of what he creates just coming together as the welding begins. No drawings or designs, just a stockpile of pieces collected from a range of different places kick-starting his inspiration.
Lloyd’s distinctive industrial/vintage design style can easily adapt to any space whether it be for the house or at work. Keep an eye out next time you’re at One Penny Black or Lambton’s Coffee Infusion and you’ll notice the distinctive range of OMT on display.
The Emporium in the Newcastle Mall (old David Jones building) is where you’ll find a small collection of One Man's Trash, and of course Lloyd (when he’s not at his day job). Take a wander and admire the detail and intricacy of each piece and the unique OMT style.