USA

18
NOV
2017
Lit candle and fairy lights

Festive scented candles made from natural wax

Following on from my recent post on wool blankets, my hygge obsession doesn’t seem to have waned. The best selling book, The Little Book of Hygge* reveals that 28% of Danes light candles every single day of the year and more than 50% almost every day during autumn and... Read More →
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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 →
27
OCT
2017

10 simple home decoration ideas that will tempt you to paint it black

Will you be facing your fear of the dark, this Halloween…? To some, the idea of painting a room black is somewhat horrifying, but if you use just about the right amount, it can take a room from drab to dynamic with little effort. And it goes a lot further than just... Read More →
13
OCT
2017
scrap wood sculpture by Aaron S Moran

Cool contemporary wood sculpture made from scrap

If you think reclaimed wood only has a chance at second life, either as furniture or floorboards, think again. More and more creatives are coming up with fresh and exciting way to reuse unwanted offcuts. Negating the need for canvas or clay, these artists prefer working with... Read More →
25
AUG
2017
Portrait on map by Ed Fairburn

5 paper artists who make incredible artworks from old maps

I’ve always been impressed by artists who use unexpected and found materials in their work. Where others see something unremarkable and disposable, these artists see beauty, and I think this can shift our perception of our surroundings too. But these artists aren’t... Read More →
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07
JUL
2017
Poolside lounger made from recycled boat sail

10 outdoor furniture designs made from recycled materials

We may be a long way from eliminating plastic from the planet completely, but in the meantime, the more it stays out of landfill the better. More and more designers and manufacturers are finding new and alternative ways to make use of the material, one of them being outdoor... Read More →
17
JAN
2017
modern lakeside holiday cabin

Garage renovation turned beautiful cabin on Vashon Island

The creators behind this impressive garage renovation are Graypants, a design collective led by Seth Grizzle and Jonathan Junker, who work from their studios in Seattle and Amsterdam. Renovated in 2013, the award-winning holiday cabin was an architectural debut for Graypants, and... Read More →
08
DEC
2016
White and gold porcelain Christmas jumper decorations best Etsy shops for Christmas

The best Etsy shops for Christmas decorations

There is something about ‘handmade’ that goes so well with Christmas. Perhaps it’s the thought of all those elves in Lapland busy making toys… how do they do it? Best of all, it offers the perfect excuse for anyone with a crafty inclination, to make... Read More →
17
NOV
2016
Centre Stage at Web Summit 2016

Sustainable fashion at Web Summit Lisbon 2016

Exhausted and buzzing. That’s how I would describe my digital hangover after recently returning from Lisbon for Web Summit 2016. One of the world’s biggest technology conferences, Web Summit is now in it’s 8th year and saw 53,000 people descend on the Portuguese... Read More →
25
JUL
2016
Rockaway Beach

Abandoned building installation by Katharina Grosse

This incredible art installation called Rockaway! is an old aquatics building at a former US Army base in Fort Tilden, New York. Structurally unsound due to the affects of hurricane Sandy in 2012, the abandoned building is set to be demolished later this year. Artist Katharina... Read More →
02
MAY
2016
Augustine-Kofie-Vintage-Office-Supplies-Assemblage

Art made from vintage office supplies by Augustine Kofie

Los Angeles artist Augustine Kofie created a body of work with an incredible futuristic quality, despite being made from forgotten materials of the past. Kofie finished his art education at high school but became a key player in the L.A. graffiti scene of the 1990... Read More →
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08
MAR
2016
Shari-Mendelson-sculptures-made-from-discarded-plastic-bottles

Artefacts made from plastic bottles by Shari Mendelson

These curious pieces by Shari Mendelson look like something you would see in an archeological museum. They are in fact created from found discarded plastic juice, soda and water bottles. With hours spent making studies at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn artist takes... Read More →
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17
FEB
2016

Reclaimed wood installations by Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels

Artist Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels is an Australian-American artist living in Brooklyn. The New York art institution Clocktower Productions where Bothwell Fels was former artist-in-residence, describes her work as ‘submerging environments built into existing architecture,... Read More →
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09
FEB
2016
Swarm

INTERVIEW: Leslie Oschmann, founder of Swarm

Founder of Swarm, Leslie Oschmann reclaims objects found in Dutch markets, French homes or Belgian antique shops to create something unexpected and beautiful. Visual Director for US Anthropologie for 8 years, she was inspired by the beauty and possibilities in reclaimed objects... Read More →
22
NOV
2015
Paintings on discarded books by Mike Stilkey

Paintings on discarded books by Mike Stilkey

Mike Stilkey creates captivating paintings on discarded books using acrylics, inks, coloured pencil and lacquer. Almost Tim Burton-esque, the distinctive style of the Los Angeles artist features depictions of melancholic characters ‘inhabiting ambiguous spaces and... Read More →
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26
OCT
2015
Scott-McMillin

Art from reclaimed car parts by Scott McMillin

California mixed media artist Scott McMillin chops up reclaimed car parts to create geometric works of art. Scrap metal from cars is cut into squares and rectangles and assembled like a jigsaw puzzle to create textural wall sculptures, some of which closely resemble paintings by... Read More →
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