Furniture

22
SEP
2017
Pentatonic-x-Starbucks-chair

Revolutionary eco friendly furniture by Pentatonic made from post-consumer waste

Amongst the hundreds of exciting events kicking off at London Design Festival 2017, it’s probably no surprise that the launch of Pentatonic’s eco friendly furniture immediately caught my attention. As you can see for yourself at their Shoreditch pop-up showroom on... Read More →
07
JUL
2017
Poolside lounger made from recycled boat sail

10 outdoor furniture designs made from recycled materials

We may be a long way from eliminating plastic from the planet completely, but in the meantime, the more it stays out of landfill the better. More and more designers and manufacturers are finding new and alternative ways to make use of the material, one of them being outdoor... Read More →
09
FEB
2017
Manoteca book cover

Manoteca book features fantastic furniture by Elisa Cavani

I first came across the work of Elisa Cavani, whilst doing research for my book Upcyclist. Hailing from Bologna, Italy, Elisa makes whimsical lighting, desks and furniture pieces made from found objects, all of which can only be described as the epitome of one-of-a-kindness. Now... Read More →
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04
OCT
2016
wooden stool made from recycled plastic bottle joinery

New life for recycled plastic bottles as furniture joinery

Making something useful with discarded plastic drinking bottles is one thing. Reusing them to make something useful AND aesthetically gratifying, is a whole other (much more difficult) ball game. These little stools don’t just look effortlessly cool however, they pioneer a... Read More →
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29
SEP
2016
Debris Chair made from ocean waste textile by Carmen V Machado

Chairs made from ocean waste textile

Cockpit Arts is a London-based business incubator for craftspeople at the start of their careers. At this year’s London Design Fair, they presented the marvellous Debris Chair by Carmen V Machado. As part of her MA project at Chelsea College of Art and Design, Carmen... Read More →
20
SEP
2016
Upcycled chairs for kids bedrooms made from old jeans by Jeanbag

10 Brilliant Upcycled Chairs for Kids Bedrooms

One of the best things about kids is their shamelessly weird and whimsical tastes. A chair that looks like a bunny rabbit? Yes please! Perhaps this is why creative furniture upcycling is so perfect for kids bedrooms – they’re guaranteed to love the quirky stuff. From... Read More →
16
MAY
2016

RE:DO upcycled furniture by Marie-Louise Hellgren

I had the pleasure of meeting Swedish designer Marie-Louise Hellgren at Tent London a few years back. It was here that she introduced me to Pink One Puff, a beautiful dusky pink stool made from recycled airbag material. Since then, she has launched a collection of upcycled... Read More →
12
APR
2016
Bentu-Design-recycled-construction-waste

Homeware made from recycled construction waste by Bentu

Reuse at its best, Bentu Design proves that a reclaimed ‘look’ is not all about worn patinas, rough edges or shabby chic. These products are beautifully clean cut and streamlined, despite being made from a mix of cement and recycled construction waste, something which... Read More →
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22
JAN
2016
Fallen-Furniture

Fallen Furniture made from upcycled aeroplane parts

Popular with aeroplane enthusiasts, there’s a whole host of designers looking for ways to reuse material from decommissioned aircrafts. In the beautiful city of Bath, one company getting it right. Fallen Furniture specialise in crafting unique clocks, lighting, tables,... Read More →
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06
OCT
2015
Angela-Mathis

Upcycled money upholstery by Angela Mathis

The idea of upcycled money may seem paradoxical, but Angela Mathis isn’t the first to make art out of cold hard cash in order to play with our perception of value (see this post on Justine Smith). This Swiss-born/London-based designer however takes the reuse of currency to... Read More →
18
MAR
2015
Yinka-Ilori

Upcycled chairs by Yinka Ilori

Upcycled furniture by East London designer Yinka Ilori are sculptural pieces inspired by the traditional Nigerian parables he was taught as a child. Using African Ankara fabrics, each piece tells a story. A graduate in furniture and product design from London Metropolitan... Read More →
07
FEB
2015
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Out of the Dark upcycling workshop with Bubble London

Last month, I had the pleasure of taking part in an upcycling workshop organised by Bubble London and the awesome charity Out of the Dark, a social enterprise that educates and employs vulnerable young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. A group of bloggers and journalists... Read More →
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20
JAN
2015
the-floyd-leg

Portable legs for pop-up tables

University of Michigan graduates Kyle Hoff and Alex O’Dell have come up with a brilliant new product called The Floyd Leg, a successful Kickstarter project named after Hoff’s father, grandfather and great grandfather who were all steel mill workers. Hoff had wanted to... Read More →
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05
JUL
2014
Greg Klasson

Tables made from rotting trees by Greg Klassen

Taking inspiration from the trees, rivers and lakes from his surroundings in the Pacific Northwest, Greg Klassen makes handmade wooden tables using jagged edge pieces from discarded or rotting trees sourced from construction sites. The River Collection is made from hand cut glass... Read More →
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29
MAY
2014

Plof shredded waste textile bench by Atelier Belge

A project from 2011 by Belgian design studio Atelier Belge. PLOF was designed as a solution for various types of production waste. The furniture bench is made from textile leftovers which are shredded down and upholstered with PE foil. Several knots are added for comfort which... Read More →
05
MAY
2014

Svartskär chair woven from washed up flotsam rope

Swedish designer Hampus Penttinen has made a chair from woven flotsam rope. In response to the global problem of polypropene trawling nets and cut off anchor cables that get washed up on to the coast, Svartskär is made from a grafting technique usually used for covering fragile... Read More →