Paul Morris take a look at FUUSO, a new Belgian company that gives new life to old furniture.
We like entrepreneurs at Together and the people behind FUUSO are attempting to defy the current climate with a new furniture company. Our fashion interview this month is with Eva Velazquez who gives new life to old clothes – FUUSO performs the same Lazarus-like act on old furniture. It’s not just a question of just restoration– they also rework and remodelling some of the pieces to bring them up-to-date.
Co-founder Geoffrey explains: “It’s the story of two guys. Two artisan designers. I’m an accountant and my business partner, Jonas, is a photographer, but he used to do cabinetmaking. In our workshop in Brussels we customized and restored forgotten furniture for ourselves. Both of us wanted to reconvert! One day, only a year ago, we realized our passion for it was so strong that we had to share –FUUSO was born!”
They sell furniture from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s under two separate concepts!
F U U S O | THE ORIGINAL are pieces of furniture that have been restored to their original condition. They have been completely revived, as if they had just left the workshop.
F U U S O | THE TOUCH items have been restored with a new look – reinvented and redesigned.
“You will find on each piece of furniture our quality label – the F U U S O monogram – applied with a brown iron,” says Geoffroy. “If that’s not possible, we will apply a sticker. This certifies that each unique piece of furniture has been cleaned and refreshed, repaired and restored in the best possible way. For the rarest items of furniture, we remain true to the designer’s work. That’s why you won’t see our ironed-on quality labels. Instead, you’ll see an easy-to-remove sticker. This proves that we have made thorough checks and also certifies our mark of quality.
“Our furniture has an average age of more than 40 years. All of our furniture comes with signs from the past, such as gentle scratches or light discoloration. We believe that these marks preserve the soul and add a certain charm to the furniture.”
And they have a nifty catch phrase: ‘Back to the furniture’.