It’s no secret that Bristol is an absolute hotbed of creativity and forward thinking, and increasingly we can add design excellence to that list. Bishopston resident Laura Pendlebury is a product designer specialising in unique lights made from old golf clubs, also known as Baffy Nook. With a background in spatial planning and teaching art, Laura has wholeheartedly embraced the ‘cradle to cradle’ approach to design by sourcing her raw materials ethically and sustainably (initially from Bristol homelessness charity Emmaus), and upcycling them into something new. Golf clubs cannot easily be recycled or reprocessed due to the mixed metal content, so repurposing is the best way to rescue them from an eternity in landfill.
Laura’s designs incorporate the entire club, not just parts, which apart from improving the green credentials, also preserves and celebrates the craftsmanship that went in to making the clubs originally. Impressively she personally manufactures each one by hand from the sanding to the welding. Using paints to add punches of colour to some of the clubs, different woods, flexes and shades, no two are the same. These witty and stylish lights have appeal beyond just those in golfing circles. To find out more and brighten up any dark corners in your home, you can browse and buy online at www.baffynook.com