Belgium

11
NOV
2017
Chair cover made from shredded waste textile by Ragamuf

Could we make homeware from upcycled clothing?

The rate at which we produce and throw away clothes is leading to inconceivable amounts of textile waste. According to the 2017 report by Pulse of the Fashion Industry, only 20% of discarded clothing actually gets reused or recycled. The majority ends up in landfills or gets... Read More →
23
FEB
2016
Studio-Jens-Praet-waste-cast-in-bronze

Discarded textile cast in bronze by Studio Jens Praet

The notion of highlighting something seemingly worthless by casting it in bronze was explored by Jasper Johns in the 1960s. Works such as Painted Bronze (Ale Cans), like other members of the Pop Art movement, blurred the boundaries between high art and mass culture. Belgian... Read More →
02
OCT
2014
Pichi & Avo

Shipping containers painted with Greek gods by Pichi & Avo

Earlier this year, Valencia based graffiti artists Pichi & Avo created a gargantuan work of art using a canvas of shipping containers covered in images of Greek gods. The imposing piece was originally created for the North West Walls Street Art Festival in Werchter, Belgium... Read More →
03
DEC
2013

Suitcase furniture by Maarten De Ceulaer

Loving this beautiful work from Belgian designer Maarten De Ceulaer. Perhaps more repurposing than upcycling i.e. reconfiguring suitcases into furniture, but very smartly done nonetheless. Desk of Suitcases (pictured above) from The Leather Collection is made from suitcases and... Read More →
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27
MAR
2013

Furniture made from shredded magazines by Jens Praet

‘Shredded’ is a range of furniture made from shredded Elle Decor magazines by Belgian designer Jens Praet.  With the help of clear resin and moulds, the finished material not only boasts an attractive and unique colour and pattern, but a hardness and durability... Read More →
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18
DEC
2012

Christmas tree made from china plates in Belgium

The quest is on for the best upcycled Christmas tree for 2012 and I’m rather liking the Taste tree by Belgian company MOOZ.  It’s made of 5,000 spare cups and plates, donated by the residents of Hasselt where the tree is situated.  Hasselt is known as the Capital of... Read More →
01
NOV
2012

Beach sculpture made from recycled wood

This beautiful family of elephants made of a recycled wood was a sculpture built at De Panne beach in Oostende, Belgium by South African Andries Botha in 2010. It’s called ‘You can buy my heart and my soul’ and forms part of a project where he built 20 elephants... Read More →
16
JAN
2012

Waste People sculpture by H A Schult

It’s taken me this long to discover the work of artist H A Schult.  Surprising given the extent to which his ‘Trash People’ have made their way to virtually every corner of the globe.  A representation of our wasteful society, Schult’s army of sculptures... Read More →
19
OCT
2011

Back to School

A shoe shop like no other?  Designers Pinkeye upcycled an entire classroom to create a retail space for Shoe Supply in Antwerp, Belgium.  The brief was to come up with an attention grabbing concept that would have mass appeal but that could also be done on the cheap.  They... Read More →
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22
JUN
2011

Weird and Wonderful

Having just stumbled across this article on Belgian talent Erik Zwaga, it could only be a matter of seconds before I’d start raving about his upcycled art.  In addition to the humorous and surrealist aspect to his work, I love the way he groups twee decorative objects to... Read More →