The organisers are delighted to welcome back Max McMurdo to the Glamping Show this year as he launches his new book:

UPCYCLYING
20 Creative Projects Made from Reclaimed Materials

‘Max is an upcycling alchemist who turns junk into something wonderful’ says George Clarke, presenter of Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces

Don’t miss out on Max’s book signing at the Glamping Show!

Max McMurdo award winning designer and manufacturer of upcycled products has produced his first book, UPCYCLING, which shows you how to create beautiful and innovative furniture, lights and storage for your home using old or discarded materials.

He teaches you how to discover you inner design genius, where to find great scrap items and techniques and tips on how to transform them into great designs that will last longer and look better than any high street chipboard nonsense.  With a strong belief that  eco-friendly products do not need to be made from mud and hemp, they can be contemporary, stylish and desirable as well as taking the environment into consideration, Max has created  20 brilliant designs for UPCYCLING.  They range from carnival lights and skateboard shelves to a three-chair bench and a coffee table, as well as a bicycle saddle stool and a bathtub chaise lounge.  Expensive tools or previous experience aren’t needed and the projects range from ones that involve only a few simple steps and can be completed within an hour, to others which may take the best part of a weekend and combine several different materials, techniques and tools.   All are clearly explained and UPCYCLING will inspire you to roll up your sleeves and have a go.

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Max Murdo officially started his career turning junk into treasure as a child crafting washing up liquid bottles into spaceships!  After graduating from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 in Product Design and Visualisation in 2000, Max fulfilled his boyhood dream and became a car designer in Cologne, Germany.

After a couple of years Max decided that he really wanted to design, engineer and manufacture his own creations and felt inspired by beautiful items of waste so in 2003 he established his business reestore ltd with the aim to design and create a range of upcycled furniture and accessories from objects destined for landfill. Max was keen to show that eco-friendly products do not have to be made from mud and hemp, they can be contemporary, stylish and desirable.

By 2007 reestore had won several design awards and featured in many galleries and exhibitions and Max decided to pitch it to BBC’s Dragons Den for investment.  After a successful pitch, he left with investment from Deborah Meaden and Theo Paphitis.  With their input reestore grew from a hobby fuelled by passion to one of the UK’s most respected and renowned designers and manufacturers of upcycled products. Reestore (www.reestore.com) now has a client list that includes ‘The Body Shop’ who have purchased over 200 bath tub chairs for their stores worldwide, completed several installations for Google’s head offices globally and he has won gold at the Chelsea Flower show with Kate Gould Gardens.

Max then turned his hand to TV presenting and his credits include two series of ‘George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces’, ‘Fill Your House For Free’  and two series of Channel 4’s summer hit ‘Shed of the Year’. Last year Max fronted a special for ‘George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces’ which followed his journey selling his house and building a house boat which he now lives in in Bedfordshire.  His show was the highest rating episode across the series.

This year Max will be seen fronting a new series on Nat Geo called ‘Machine Impossible’.  He will also be returning to ‘Fill Your House For Free’ which is back for a 20 part series later this year on C4.  He has partnered with both Gumtree and Autentico as their brand ambassador, taking part in You Tube films and projects like Beetlemania where he bought a run-down beetle on Gumtree and created 25 upcycled items from it which were then sold for charity.  All this and he has even had time to get engaged and will be getting married later this year.

Upcycling is being published in hardback by Jacqui Small and will be available on the shelves for £20 on 15 September 2016.

Max will also be presenting a seminar entitled ‘Creating Affordable Glamping Solutions’.  See Max at the Glamping Show in Seminar Pod 2 at 1pm on Saturday 24 September.

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