France

08
SEP
2017
Lights made from repurposed crystal bowls

Lighting made from repurposed glass objects

Lighting in the 21st-century can be made from all kinds of repurposed ephemera – and not just glass mason jars. From spectacles to drinking vessels, these works by expert designers show how a resource we have in abundance – ordinary glass objects, can be transformed... Read More →
18
DEC
2015
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Pop-up pavilion for COP21 Paris made from reclaimed doors

To mark the recent COP21 climate change conference in Paris, a beautiful temporary installation has been built in the heart of the city in front of the Hôtel de Ville called the Circular Pavilion. The architectural collective Encore Heureux clad the structure in 180 reclaimed... Read More →
19
OCT
2015
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Found furniture animal sculptures by Marc Sparfel

These incredible animal sculptures by Marc Sparfel have a primitive aesthetic achieved through the reuse and reconfiguration of found furniture. Sparfel grew up in Brittany, north-west France surrounded by countryside and animals. After graduating from school, he studied commerce... Read More →
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31
AUG
2015
Victor & Rolf AW15 Wearable Art

Wearable Art by Viktor & Rolf

Fashion meets art quite literally for Viktor & Rolf‘s AW15 couture showcase. The Wearable Art collection was unveiled at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week at Palais de Toyko earlier this year and featured garments made from broken picture frames filled with fabric. The... Read More →
26
JAN
2015
Anahi Restaurant

Restored Paris charcuterie Anahi Restaurant

Featured in February 2015 Elle Deco UK, the beautiful interior of Anahi, an Argentinian restaurant in the Marais district of Paris. Once a charcuterie built at the turn of the 20th-century, the spaces retain their original broken tiling which have been cleverly filled with sheets... Read More →
13
JAN
2015
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Upcycled fashion at the EcoChic Award 2014/15

The EcoChic Design Award is a sustainable fashion design competition which challenges emerging designers to create mainstream clothing with minimal textile waste. The competition is organised by Redress, a Hong Kong charity that promotes environmental sustainability in the... Read More →
31
MAR
2014

Deconstructed murals by Vhils

Portuguese urban artist Alexandre Farto (aka Vhils) creates stunning murals from decomposing walls using chisels, drills and small explosives. Seeing the act of deconstruction as a creative process, his deconstructed portraits can be found in Shanghai, London, Bogota, Paris,... Read More →
20
NOV
2013

Light installations made from waste at the Lumiere Festival

Last week the incredible Lumiere Festival lit up the city of Durham, UK.  The festival showcased stunning light installations by artists from all over the world. One of the works on show was Litre of Light by My Shelter Foundation, a Filipino charity that has brought light to... Read More →
02
SEP
2013

Square Modern textile remnant cushions

These one of a kind cushions by Square Modern are made with rare and original mid-century textile remnants from prestigious textile manufacturers including Maharam, Kvadrat, Knoll and Kravet.  The brand was started by New Yorker Suzanne Renard who now resides in Paris, with the... Read More →
17
APR
2013

Lighting made from found objects by Louis-Marie Planquette

These whimsical lights by French designer Louis-Marie Planquette are made from objects found in flea markets and antique shops, “…created from recycled objects‚ in an atmosphere of simplicity‚ humour‚ poetry and balance.”  His works are inspired by... Read More →
05
APR
2013

Arman’s painting with objects

I recently saw this piece ‘Miaudulation de fritance ‘(1962) by Arman in the Centre Pompidou.  The French born American artist began working as an abstract painter before using the brushes he painted with in the painting itself.  Thereafter, many of his works combined... Read More →
12
MAR
2013

Richard Stankiewicz at Centre Pompidou

Still en vacance à Paris (now covered in a blanket of snow) I came across the intriguing work of Richard Stankiewicz in the Centre Pompidou.   The artist is an American sculptor who began creating work in the 1940s whilst in the US navy.  His assemblage sculpture is made of... Read More →
08
MAR
2013

Upcycled barrel chair in painting by David Teniers

Many thanks to my good friend Cathy for spotting this one as we wandered around the Louvres today in beautiful Paris. The 17th-century painting, ‘Tabegie. Fumeur au tonneau’ by David Teniers depicts what looks a lot like a chair made from a beer barrel. I’m yet... Read More →
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05
FEB
2013

Art and sculpture installation by Tadashi Kawamata

Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata creates giant amorphous structures from found materials that he installs in public locations.  Structures made from wooden crates and boxes appear to engulf the buildings or flow out of them, transforming materials that are easily overlooked into... Read More →
11
AUG
2012

Upcycled interior at Derrière, Paris

Having now returned from hols in France the first thing I am keen to share is a Parisian restaurant introduced to me by a friend.  It’s called Derrière, the name deriving from its location, situated at the back of their sister bar and restaurant Andy Wahloo and 404.  It not... Read More →
02
JAN
2012

Bleu Nature driftwood furniture

What better way to kick start the new year than with some appreciation for forward thinking, sustainable design.  Be sure to take a look at the Autumn/Winter 2012 collection from French company Bleu Nature who make beautiful furniture principally from pieces of driftwood.  The... Read More →
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