Max McMurdo is a designer, author and TV presenter, who has featured his work on shows such as BBC’s Dragons' Den, CH4’s Amazing Spaces, Fill your house for free, Find it, Fix it, Flog it, Mortgage Free on Netflix, Nat Geo's Machine Impossible and ITV’s 10k Holiday Home.
Max has always had a knack for turning junk into treasure as a child. After graduating from Bournemouth University in 2000, Max fulfilled his boyhood dream and became a car designer in Cologne, Germany.
After a few years Max decided that he really wanted to design, engineer and manufacture his own creations and inspired by beautiful items of waste. In 2002 he established a business with the aim to design and create a range of upcycled furniture and accessories from objects destined for landfill. Max was keen to show that eco-friendly products do not have to be made from mud and hemp, but can be contemporary, stylish and desirable.
Working from trash to treasure Max is now a TV presenter who's recent credits include ‘Cash in the Spare Room’ a series for HGTV and ‘£10k Holiday Home’ which he co-presented with Julia Bradbury for ITV1. Throughout the series Max was seen creating the most amazing transportable holiday home on a budget of £5k. Max is currently filming ‘Project Restoration’ a new series for HGTV.
His other credits include ‘Find It Fix It Flog It’ on Channel 4, ‘Shed of the Year’ on 4, ‘How To Live Mortgage Free’ on C4, two series of ‘George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces’and ‘Fill Your House For Free’. Max has also fronted a special for ‘George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces’ which followed his journey selling his house and building a floating home from a 40ft shipping container. In 2016 Max fronted a series on Nat Geo called ‘Machine Impossible’.
Max’s first book ‘Upcycling’ was published in 2016 and has been published internationally in 6 languages. Following its success he then wrote his second book ‘Upcycling Outdoors’ which was an Amazon bestseller. Brand partnerships have included brands like Heinz, Silverline Tools, Gumtree, Dr Martens, Hitachi and Sugru,and projects have included Beetlemania where he bought a rundown beetle online and created 25 upcycled items from it which were then sold for charity.
Max is also heavily involved in helping the homeless and building schools in Kenya and is a very relatable and warm character, making him ideal for any type of event.
Max customises every talk, and shares insights on design thinking, creativity, innovation and more.