Archive for the ‘Repurposing’ Category
This is a sequel to my previous post, Repurposed & Upcycled Homewares On Etsy, which has had lots of positive feedback so without further ado here’s more of the same. I love putting posts like this together, the only drawback is trying to narrow down my choices from all the creative awesomeness 🙂
Beck(y) Sk8bags are from their range of accessories handmade from recycled skateboards. Each is one of a kind, carrying the original scuffs, scratches and stickers of the boards’ original owner.
Ok, this is Bughouse’s LP sleeve coffee table. It’s cool and all, but the LP covers are reproductions, not the real thing, which would have been a lot cooler. However – I reckon this is totally DIY-able for anyone with a bit of patience, classic album covers and some epoxy resin… anyone tried it?
MotoArt is the brainchild of Donovan Fell III, who, inspired by his childhood fascination with aircraft, creates these amazing conversation pieces which are more like sculpture than furniture. It all began with a pile of rusty, dented B-17 propellers he happened to intercept on the way to the scrapyard :).
Benjamin Jones and Anna Hecker have created Discarded – a 30′ long creature made entirely from discarded furniture found on the streets of Brooklyn. The Black Rock Arts website had this to say about the project and about people’s general feeling about using found objects – and I couldn’t have said it better myself… I think people need to take this on board and have a serious rethink about second-hand materials:
‘While the sidewalks of New York City on trash night are a rich resource of useful items and cultural artifacts, most New Yorkers hold pre-conceived fears of tapping into this resource: practical fears of dirt and vermin, and emotional fears based on the societal perception of welcoming discarded items into our homes. The resulting obsession with new purchases saps the world of natural resources, and the ease of shopping versus crafting creates a psychic distance from our belongings that enables us to acquire and discard at will. By refocusing our communities on the process of foraging and creation, we can help transform our society into one that values originality and sustainability rather than purposeless consumption.’
London based furniture designer Naomi Dean, who was awarded the Young Furniture Designer Of The Year award in 2005, diverts old office furniture from landfill to make her Spin Tables and Tiny Footprint Desks. Her sleek and functional pieces incorporate design details such as cable tidies that allow a laptop to charge while the desk is closed, and modular coffee tables on castors which can be bought as a pair to make a larger unit.
Make your own bowl from a ‘for sale’ sign (plenty of ’em about in the current financial climate :P), or any other kind of sheet metal sign for that matter – tutorial at Instructables. I love repurposed metal signage 🙂