Spirit Of Salvage

A Minute With Lynn McFarlane of Dresd

Ever wondered what happens to film sets, TV materials and props, when a production comes to an end? It might surprise you to know that entire sets get skipped. ‘This has been standard practice that we are aiming to change for good,’ says Lynn McFarlane, who set up Dresd in 2012, a company which reclaims and reuses film and TV sets and materials. ‘We realised that wonderful creations were being dumped, causing hundreds of tons of landfill every year. It had to change.’

Reclaiming sets and construction materials from a massive array of productions includingLes MisérablesThe Theory of Everything, Bridget Jones’s Baby and Fast & Furious, Dresd rescues anything from castles and bungalows, to cafés and sci-fi props and then reuses or hires out to other productions at low cost. ‘Materials go back into the film industry or are used for pop-up events,’ says Lynn. ‘We have

a huge warehouse of reclaimed items that are constantly reused.’

Helping to support an environmentally sustainable future for the film and TV industry, Dresd are recommended by the BBC and have won admiration for their work from the likes of actor Colin Firth.

Sustainably dressing BAFTA Guru and 'Planet Placement'

 We were very happy to sustainably dress yet another BAFTA event - Guru Live 2019.


We were also involved in dressing the launch of another BAFTA initiative, ‘Planet Placement’ a BAFTA and albert led resource which aims to challenge the film and television industry to put climate at the heart of on screen content.

To learn more, click here.

For more information and to enquire about our sustainable event dressing, please get in touch at enquiries@dresd.co.uk.

Dressing 'An Audience with Luke Evans'


On November 29, BAFTA Cymru hosted an audience with Luke Evans in partnership with Wales Screen. We dressed the whole stage including recycled carpet, furniture and the lighting.


If you’d like to learn more about our recycling services and hiring out furniture for events, get in touch at enquiries@dresd.co.uk.

To watch the interview, please follow this link.

Photo Credit: BAFTA Cymru/Polly Thomas

Recycling Stories


We regularly donate reclaimed film and TV materials to community groups and colleges. We recently donated wood and scenery flats to a group of young people who used the materials to build their horse stables.

The materials included flats, water containers and old timber, which have now been repurposed and reused.

If you are interested in using recycled materials for a community project or build, please get in touch by emailing enquiries@dresd.co.uk.

Dresd Nominated for Best Production Design


We have been nominated for a BAFTA recognised festival award from Underwire Festival. The nomination is for Best Production Design for our work on The Blue Door, a British short-horror film produced by Megan Pugh and Ben Clark, and featuring Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones, The Crown).

Our Managing Director Lynn McFarlane says ‘The Blue Door was a fantastic opportunity to bring Megan, Ben and Paul’s vision to life in an entirely sustainable way. The whole set was recycled utilising materials that had been reclaimed from a number of film and TV productions, including the foundations of the set. Being able to showcase the recycling of sets in this way was a privilege and hopefully the beginning of a new era for film production.’

The short horror film has attracted attention from independent festivals across the globe and is successfully reaching film industry audiences, recently being awarded Best Mini-Short by Terror in the Bay Film Festival.

If you would like more information about our production design services, please get in touch by emailing enquiries@dresd.co.uk.

The awards will take place on Tuesday 20th November in London. We send our best to the other nominees, wish us luck!

For more information, please visit: http://www.underwirefestival.com/events/she-wants-revenge/

Sustainable Event Dressing: "Go For Good" Initiative


We developed bespoke signage for the “Go For Good” programme launch, which encourages a broader environmental push towards sustainability within the fashion industry. As part of this, Stella McCartney launched the “Sanctuary of Stillness” installation, running from 6 September to 12 October in Paris.

We are proud to support brands like Stella McCartney, that look to address social and environmental issues seriously.

Our sustainable event dressing is better for the environment than creating brand new sets. The items are made from recycled and repurposed film set materials, reducing the carbon footprint of production.

If you’d like more information, please get in touch at enquiries@dresd.co.uk.

Created with Sustainability in Mind: Interior Projects

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We create bespoke, unique designs with reclaimed and recycled materials from film and TV. We aim to deliver unique pieces for interior projects based on the client's ambitions and goals. The images shown here are from an ongoing interior project we have been involved in for a boutique living concept in London. We work to create a design that reflects the client's personality and responds to their individual needs. We pride ourselves on designing practically and for whatever the project requires.

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Each creative project is designed with close attention to detail within the Dresd workshop and managed and implemented with great care. We pride ourselves on our beautifully finished products, delivered on time and on budget.

We work with clients all across the UK and can also work internationally. So if you are looking for a unique piece for your next project or space, please get in touch to see if we can help at enquiries@dresd.co.uk. 


With our range of materials and constant supply, we are able to source a number of unusual accessories, vintage and salvaged pieces as well as to create artwork for any residential and commercial projects. And as a bonus, everything we do incorporates our recycling ethos, so you know whatever is created by us is done so with sustainability in mind.

Our Dresd Workshop


We create a number of bespoke items in our Dresd workshop, from one-off pieces to full, experiential instalments. We create to the clients brief, using sustainable methods in our execution, and ensuring the reuse of materials in all our projects. 

Over the years, we have worked to reduce waste in the broadcast industry, supporting productions with our recycling initiatives. We have worked on a number of projects in collaboration with unique partners, non-profit organisations and schools and colleges. 

If you'd like to learn more about how we work and what we do, don't hesitate to get in touch at enquiries@dresd.co.uk. We are a friendly, creative team, happy to discuss your next project with you.

BAFTA Cymru, Cinemôr Event


We were thrilled to support BAFTA Cymru once again with recycled and sustainable dressing for their Cinemôr event on Barry Beach in South Wales. By using recycled and repurposed materials, we are diverting materials from landfill and allowing them to have an extended lease of life. 

If you would like to find out more about how we work, or for more information on how we support events with sustainable dressing, please get in touch at enquiries@dresd.co.uk. 

Stella McCartney Spring 2019 Collection Launch, Milan


On June 18th, we dressed Stella McCartney’s Spring 2019 collection launch party in Milan. This came after the successful launch of her new store in London, at 23 Old Bond Street.

We developed a playful summertime themed set for the Milan event, which included lawn bowling and a horseshoe game, all made bespoke from recycled film set materials from our Dresd workshop. The set was created using repurposed pieces from various BBC productions that we have cleared, which included set to display stock from the collection as well as games and seating for the pub area. We were thrilled to be involved in dressing the event in recycled and salvaged items, once again supporting the brand in it’s commitment to sustainability. 

After the event wrapped, all items were added to our reuse roster, made readily available to the recycling supply chain once again. 

We are committed to providing a sustainable service to all our clients, ensuring that we are mindful and responsible with all the materials we use - and also, providing a constant journey for the materials to ensure reusability.

Photo Credit: @wattsupphoto.