Upcycling translates to taking timeworn and tired things (objects, not people!!) and providing it a fresh purposefulness. To a layman, basically, it’s just a paint job. But the specialists are more akin to artists, who take various components of castoff furniture and re-embody them into new arrangements.
I love vintage furniture!
Functional art is more commonly known as “Applied Art” - art that is generated for usage, not essentially for daily use, but aimed at serving more purposefulness keeping it visually appealing at the same time.
My restored, hand-painted pieces are Art, art that serves a function, but is designed artistically for purpose of beauty. They meet a need for use, and are works of art as well.
I have a small section in Design5 Studio selling restored vintage furniture with hand painted details, and upcycling old belongings. My target market is anyone who appreciates the time it takes to do something by hand to create a one off. At the moment interest is high, people are thinking more about where they're shopping, about sustainability.
I don’t have fixed prices for the items and it all depends on the quantity of work required to revive the piece involved. I restore vintage pieces of furniture with hand painted details based on Indian folk arts, botanical prints and even Mughal & Rajasthani architecture.