Words by Horsey. Photos by Zac.
“Over the last year of skateboarding and working on motorbikes with Barry Kay it has been impossible not to notice his creativity and ability to fabricate anything that came into his mind. He’s the kind of guy that takes all of those great ideas you come up with over a few beers and makes them a reality but in more detail and even better than you could imagine. Skate Interiors has been bubbling up inside him for quite some time but he needed some encouragement to take all of his original creations and from his workshop in Essex out onto the world.”
Good afternoon Barry, how did Skate Interiors get started?
Well in all honesty I needed needed a change in life. I knew I wanted to start doing something that I actually enjoyed doing so it seemed only natural to combine my love of skating with all the fabrication skills I have learnt over the years. It was a classic case of coming up with some ideas with friends for a laugh but then actually thinking about it and then wanting to make it a reality.
I started spending a lot of time thinking about the design aspect of a lot of furniture and how I could incorporate skateboards into it that would not only appeal to me and my friends but also people at home.
From the looks of it at the shows at the weekend it seemed like a great success, were you happy with the turnout and the responses?
The opening night’s were amazing and it was very humbling to see so many people turn up and show support. The feedback was great to hear and also pretty essential to help us see what was more popular and what stuff we could work on and perhaps change. It’s a great feeling to see all the countless hours of hard work laid out and to see all the happy faces.
Now that you have the show out the way what are you plans for the coming New Year?
The New Year is all about hard work and figuring out which things to proceed with and which ones to leave behind. I am hoping that we can get involved with a lot of different shows and expo’s to put ourselves out there and to show what we can do. One of the most important things we want to do is keep building our relationship with the brands we are already working with and also maybe pick up a few more.
Enjoy the furniture from the exhibition and note that you can order bespoke pieces of your choice to be made at www.skateinteriors.co.uk