Repaired buckets by Cordula Kehrer

Cordula Kehrer Bow Bins

According to the children’s song, There’s a hole in my bucket, dear Liza, the solution is to mend it with a straw, dear Henry. This make do and mend principle was taken literally by German designer Cordula Kehrer

The curious structures are Bow Bins – old and damaged plastic bins, buckets and bowls that are mended with sustainably harvested wicker, willlow, rattan and weed using a traditional weaving technique by local German basket makers.

Kehrer has also collaborated with Areaware whereby bins are made with the Aeta people of the Philippines, commissioned by Preda.

repaired plastic bin

Images via Cordula Kehrer

Author: Antonia Edwards

Antonia is the founding editor of Upcyclist. Based in the UK, she is the author of two books: 'Upcyclist: Reclaimed and Remade Furniture, Lighting and Interiors' (Prestel 2015) and 'Renovate Innovate: Reclaimed and Upcycled Homes' (Prestel 2017).