What we do.
Based in the small West Country town of Malmesbury. Rust and Rot resides in an old stone donkey shed, by the river Avon, in the shadow of an ancient Abbey.
It is here that we sympathetically restore the wonderful things we buy. Removing years of grime, repairing damage and hopefully making the items desirable again. We feel the items offered should be attractive, useful and interesting, and if possible should be all three.
We specialise in decorative antiques, industrial pieces, vintage lighting, beautiful mirrors, as well as the unique and the strange. When sourcing stock the question is, would we like to have in our home?
Our impact on the environment.
The antiques trade, when done well can be a very green business. Everything is second hand and most things retain a value and usefulness that makes their restoration economical.
At Rust and Rot we believe in trying to keep our impact on the environment to a minimum. Our workshop is powered by renewable green energy and has led lighting throughout. Heating is provided via a wood burner fuelled by waste wood from the building industry; alternatively we work harder until it feels warmer! Our packing boxes are used moving boxes and we are a collection point for unwanted packaging materials that we then reuse as void fillers, avoiding them going directly to landfill.
Outside the workshop we have planted an orchard and wild flower garden, including a bird feeding station and various insect houses. It is here we drink coffee and think about the jobs we’re putting off.