metal

09
JUN
2013

Ballroom Luminoso chandeliers made from bicycle parts

Under a Texas underpass hangs Ballroom Luminoso, an installation by artists Joe O’Connell and Blessing Hancock.   The work comprises six chandeliers made from structural steel, custom LEDs and recycled bicycle parts.  By night, the underpass is cast in a beautiful play of... Read More →
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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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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 →
16
MAR
2013

Elizabethan inspired upcycled jewellery by Michelle Lowe-Holder

This latest collection from Michelle Lowe-Holder for spring/summer 2013 is our favourite so far, and the Elizabethan styling for it is perfect. The beautifully crafted collection is aptly named ‘Elizabeth’ and draws on English heritage and Tudor detailing, “It... 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 →
01
MAR
2013

Jewellery made from vintage finds

Cate Wood has been designing jewellery with collected objects since 1992.  Naturally drawn to old, worn and weather-beaten things with a story to tell, she transforms vintage finds into unique one-off jewellery pieces.  Leather, buttons, keys, brush bristles and horsehair are... Read More →
11
FEB
2013

Creatures crafted from broken electronics

These charming creatures are all made from broken electronics and machine parts, mobile phones and salvaged scraps, cleverly put together by Rhode Island artist Ann P. Smith whose work has been exhibited across the United States.  Her portfolio includes goats, birds, jellyfish,... Read More →
20
JAN
2013

Jewellery crafted from Cambodian landmines

Jewellery company Saught works with Cambodian artisans to make earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets from scrap metal left by landmines.  The Singapore-based business works in partnership with Italian NGO Fileo Development Organisation, offering three lines of socially... Read More →
06
JAN
2013

Bug sculptures made from watch parts

Even if you’re not a massive fan of creepy crawlies, it’s hard not to appreciate the skill behind these sculptural creations by Chicago based jeweller Justin Gershenson-Gates.  As well as these insect and arthropod sculptures made from recycled watch parts and light... Read More →
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19
DEC
2012

Bicycle wheel clock

It’s all about Etsy at the moment and here is yet another brilliant gift idea for cycling and upcycling fanatics alike.  At $189 it may blow your budget but for simple, effective design this scores very highly in our book.  Check out more upcycled clocks from Etsy member... Read More →
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16
DEC
2012

Stars made from upcycled soda cans

We’re loving these Christmas ornaments made of upcycled soda cans by Etsy member Lizard Skins – a great way to introduce some colour to your home this Christmas. Hanging stars are made from all sorts of recycled packaging from Diet Cheerwine to Youngs Double Chocolate... Read More →
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04
DEC
2012

Industrial chic lighting made from repurposed copper tubing

For an interesting twist on decadent dining, check out this oil lamp candelabra by UK lighting designer Edward Hodgson Design – new for 2012.   It features two burners with oil chambers suspended beneath ceramic wick holders.  It’s made from Yorkshire joints and... Read More →
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23
NOV
2012

Reclaimed signage by Tom Fruin for Brooklyn’s Wythe Hotel

Found signage is made into new signage for the very cool Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn.  The ‘Hotel’ sign is by artist Tom Fruin who often uses found or discarded objects and materials in his work.  He also created a piece for the outside of the hotel – Watertower,... Read More →
07
OCT
2012

The Great Recovery initiative by the Royal Society of Arts

I first found out about The Great Recovery after seeing their stand at 100% Design which was covered from top to bottom in out of date  kettles, computers and other electronics.  This is an initiative set up by the Royal Society of Arts to encourage designers, producers and... Read More →
19
SEP
2012

Estethica London Fashion Week SS13

The London Design Festival is upon us once more!  Last weekend I attended the Estethica champagne reception at London Fashion Week.  Estethica is an initiative by the British Fashion Council and is now in its thirteenth season, co-curated by Orsola de Castro and Filippo Ricci of... Read More →
11
SEP
2012

Steam punk at the Paralympics 2012 closing ceremony

You couldn’t miss the convoy of steam punk inspired vehicles at the Paralympics closing ceremony directed by Kim Gavin.  These crawling giant sculptures made of scrap metal heralded the Festival of the Flame and were put together by art collective Mutoid Waste Company.  The... Read More →
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