Posts Tagged ‘repurposed’
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 🙂
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 🙂
Pawel Grunert‘s SIE43 chair is made from PET bottles on a stainless steel frame. The bottles can be replaced if and when they begin to show signs of wear or damage. The chair was designed for ‘Eco Trans Pop’ exhibition of ecological design at the Colombari Gallery in Milan, Italy.
Paladin is the fifth in the Texas Longhorn bull series of sculptures by Bettye
Hamblen Turner. He is welded stainless steel, carbon steel and recycled auto and motorcycle parts. See more at Sculpture Ranch.
This ingenius shoulder bag design is from The Billboard Collection by Artecnica – a range of products made from recycled large format billboards by advertising agency TBWA.
The range also includes cases in three sizes made from natural cork and lined with billboard ads.