Finland

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 →
10
MAR
2015
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Vessels made from pencils by Tuomas Markunpoika

Taking the pencil as symbolic of creativity, art and craft, Amalgamated is a project by Finnish artist Tuomas Markunpoika which examines the pencil as a mass produced tool that serves an individual purpose. These vases are created by gluing one facet of a pencil to another,... Read More →
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27
SEP
2013

Furniture made from waste at Habitare Helsinki 2013

Habitare is the largest furniture, interior decoration and design fair in Finland.  This month they held their third Trash Design exhibition which showcases examples of great design conceived from discarded materials.  This year the exhibition was called ‘Trash goes... Read More →
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27
JUN
2013

Lighting made from upcycled tin cans for Helsinki diner

Back in 2011 we featured the Heinz Lamp by Dutch designer Willem Heefer.  The designer has now produced a series of lamps for the Midhill Diner in Helsinki which belongs to top Finnish chef Hans Välimäki.  Heefer had 334 cans collected and cleaned before transforming them into... Read More →
05
JUN
2013

Upcycled fashion by Globe Hope

Globe Hope is a 10-year-old Finnish company that designs and manufactures a huge range of upcycled products, from bags made of used advert banners to earrings made from computer keys.  There are some fantastic clothes made from deadstock and reclaimed fabrics too, including items... Read More →
23
JAN
2013

Icelandic rag rugs woven from discarded garments

Anna María Lind Geirsdóttir from Reykjavik in Iceland uses rags as her colour palette.  Taking discarded garments, bedlinen and textiles, she cleans the fabric before cutting off the seams then cuts the material into strips and winds them into a ball.  The technique is inspired... Read More →