Germany

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 →
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 →
19
AUG
2015
Herrwolke Telebeute

Lamps made from upcycled cardboard by Herrwolke

Telebeute Lichtobjekte is a beautiful 50cm telescope shaped wall lamp made from upcycled cardboard. The light is designed by Michael Konstantin Wolke of Berlin atelier Herrwolke and follows in the footsteps of his Beute series of pendant lamps, also made from strips of used... Read More →
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28
OCT
2014

Repaired wood jewellery by Marcel Dunger

Spotted at Tent London last month, German product designer Marcel Dunger reuses pieces of broken maple wood to create beautiful handmade jewellery. Manufract is comprised of brightly coloured bio resin which is poured into the broken wood and once hardened, made in to... Read More →
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03
FEB
2014

Upcycled interiors at Hamburg’s Superbude Hotel

These spaces in the Superbude Hotel-Hostel in Hamburg were designed by German design firm Dreimeta.   The listed building was once a Deutche Post switching centre and one of the core principles of Dreimeta’s design was to incorporate typical local everyday items and... Read More →
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29
JUL
2013
Horang-ee (Tiger) in Chungju Korea by Klaus Dauven

Reverse graffiti art by Klaus Dauven

The stunning work of German artist Klaus Dauven is often described as ‘reverse graffiti’.  Rather than creating artwork by applying layers of spray paint to the urban environment, his work is about subtracting the dirt and grime from public areas to reveal beautiful... Read More →
06
JUN
2013

Sculptures made from glass bottles by Sabine Mescher-Leitner

Figurine Empties are beautiful sculptures made from empty bottles by German artist Sabine Mescher-Leitner.  Fascinated by the bottle’s standardized shape which has been around for 3500 years, she searches for its individuality, questioning the dual meaning in the German... Read More →
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30
APR
2013

Repaired buckets by Cordula Kehrer

According to the children’s song, the response to ‘there’s a hole in my bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza, dear Liza’ is ‘with a straw, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry’ – a make do and mend principle taken literally by German designer... Read More →
12
APR
2013

Nespresso capsule jewellery by Old Gold Berlin

A brilliant example of imaginative reuse – Nespresso coffee capsules made into jewellery by Old Gold Berlin.  As they’ve discovered, the tiny pearlescent cups are far too pretty to throw away and when manipulated into various shapes can take on the appearance of... Read More →
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20
FEB
2013

Compressed clothing Rememberme chair

Unbelievably, this chair is made from clothes. The Rememberme project by German designer Tobias Juretzek involves a process of dipping  around 13lbs worth of discarded clothes into resin and compressing them into a mould.  The result is a sturdy chair with smooth edges. His work... Read More →
22
NOV
2012

Art made from toilet rolls

You wouldn’t let the Andrex puppy into this art gallery. Trans-layers I and Trans-layers II are beautiful art installations made from the humble toilet roll by Hamburg based Turkish artist  Sakir Gökcebag, with surprisingly majestic results. Gökcebag frequently uses... Read More →
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20
NOV
2012

Sculpture built from recycled computer parts by Babis Panagiotidis

Hedonism(y) Trojaner is a sculpture by Germany-based artist Babis Panagiotidis, a modern day Trojan horse made from recycled computer keys and cables. Just like the Trojan horse in Greek mythology, the sculpture reminds us that technology is something which appears to have... Read More →
31
OCT
2012

Garments made from flour sacks by Mayer Peace Collection AW12

The Fall/Winter 2012 collection by Berlin based Mayer. Peace Collection by Christine Mayer is about polarising rough materials with feminine fits.  The company seeks out fabrics that carry a breath of the past with every garment made from recycled textiles such as flour sacks.  ... Read More →
19
JUN
2012

Recycled blue glass window at Penzburg’s Islamisches Forum

Alen Jasarevic is the German-Bosnian architect behind the Islamisches Forum in Penzberg, Germany built in 2005.  Rather than opting for high minarets, traditionally found on mosques, this contemporary structure has a delicate tower and large prayer room with a stunning ornamented... Read More →
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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 →
23
DEC
2011

German star wreaths made from newspaper

For more crafty festive touches, check out these German star wreaths made from newspaper, also known as Froebel Stern.  You can find out how to make them here via LinaLoo Read More →
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