Great Uncle Bert's old chair looking a bit tatty? You could get it reupholstered like everyone else, our you could follow designer Lee Broom's example and add a carefully placed strip of neon tubing or some bare bulbs (though make sure they don't set fire to your socks).
Both of Broom's chairs ("Club Chair" left, and "Luminaire Bergère", right) will be featured in The Revivalists, an exhibition curated by design expert Max Fraser at Contemporary Applied Arts in London, which collects work from designers who manipulate, appropriate and incorporate older design pieces in their work - and bite their thumbs at house-proud homogeneity in the process.
Look out for the December issue of Esquire (out 5 November), in which Broom shows you how to work some design magic on a bog-standard Ikea storage unit.
The Revivalists is at Contemporary Applied Arts, London W1T, from today until 3 October, www.caa.org.uk