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Toast Ale - turning left-over bread into lovely beer

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Toast Ale - turning left-over bread into lovely beer

At Raft we believe in doing the right thing. And doing it yourself if necessary. We look out for people with the same ethic and, when we get a few moments, we ask them to share a few thoughts with us. Meet Toast Ale. They save bread from being wasted and turn it into delicious beer... ‘What if you could get wasted on waste?’ There’s a punk sentiment if ever there was one. It was one of those conversations that tend to get forgotten after a pint or three. But in this case, Tristram Stuart and Rob Wilson were discussing...

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Raft Life: Handmade sofas at home

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Raft Life: Handmade sofas at home

Raft’s handmade sofas have found their way into some seriously stylish homes. Here’s a gallery to inspire you... Our handmade sofas mean a lot to us. We put a lot of work into them, so there’s nothing we love more than seeing them out of the factory or showroom and in real homes. Here’s a gallery of recent Instagram pics that our very stylish customers have been kind enough to share. The Madison sofa above has been beautifully styled by interior designer Tanya Jones, injecting some stunning colour into a cool, neutral-dominated interior. (Image credit: Tanya Jones) Talking of cool...

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Matthew Quitter - the man who puts electric engines in classic cars

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Matthew Quitter - the man who puts electric engines in classic cars

At Raft we believe in doing the right thing. And doing it yourself if necessary. We look out for people with the same ethic and, when we get a few moments, we ask them to share a few thoughts with us. Meet Matthew Quitter of London Electric Cars. He takes old classic cars and turns them into mean green electric machines... Image: London Electric Cars Matthew Quitter is a bit of a car mechanic punk. He does his own thing in his own way, however difficult it is and however long it takes. And what he does it pretty amazing....

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Why is Reclaimed Teak so Good for Furniture?

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Why is Reclaimed Teak so Good for Furniture?

Raft is the world’s leading manufacturer and largest retailer of 100% recycled teak. Here’s why reclaimed teak wood is such a good material for furniture... We love reclaimed teak. In fact, Raft has become the largest retailer of completely recycled teak in the world. In our own factory in Yogyakarta, Java, we employ over 300 skilled craftsmen to hand-make all kinds of indoor and outdoor furniture. This is everything you see on our website and in-store, from our dining tables to bookcases to beds. Reclaimed teak is exceptionally durable and hard wearing, so indoor and outdoor teak furniture tends to...

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Mick & Heinz

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Mick & Heinz

Journalist Terry Stiastny meets Raft’s founders Mick Quinn and Heinz Frye - and discovers some unusual combinations... “I suppose we are pretty obsessive. Nuts, really, isn’t it?” Mick and Heinz share an obsession -- producing the best-designed and best quality furniture they can. I’d just put it to them that designing your own product, getting it made in your own factory out of materials you source and prepare, if necessary on the other side of the world, then warehousing and delivering it yourself -- is far from typical. As if that’s not enough it all has to meet their high...

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