18
JUL
2018

5 of the best art installations made from waste CDs

In an age of Netflix, Spotify and iTunes, we continue to leave behind a large trail of redundant CDs and DVDs. Turning those discs made from layers of aluminium and polycarbonate plastic into something useful, let alone beautiful is no easy feat. In the UK, only a handful of... Read More →
05
JUL
2018
Pressed flower art by Ignacio Canales Aracil

INTERVIEW: Stunning contemporary flower sculptures by Ignacio Canales Aracil

Ignacio Canales Aracil is a Spanish sculptor who makes extraordinary delicate structures from real pressed flowers and plants. The flowers are held together without the use of any glue but once dried, sprayed with a matt varnish to protect them from moisture. His works... Read More →
08
JUN
2018
Planks of recycled wood

Enviromate: An online marketplace for used building materials

According to data gathered by the Green Building Council, construction, demolition and refurbishment accounts for around 120 million tonnes of waste in the UK each year. The value of that perfectly reusable material ending up in landfill – 13% of which is still new and... Read More →
27
MAY
2018
Recycled plastic dark grey kitchen cabinets by IKEA

10 IKEA homeware products made of recycled plastic

Any discussion around the eco-friendly values of IKEA is guaranteed to provoke hot debate. Even if they are able to make their manufacturing more sustainable, can they ever shake off the transient throwaway image we associate with their products? IKEA calls to mind, mass-produced... Read More →
11
MAY
2018
Hotel room with mezzanine bedroom small space solutions

10 small house interior design solutions

As more architects explore the potential of tiny homes, finding ways to optimise small interiors is a growing area of interest for designers. Some minimalists advocate that living with less creates simplicity, efficiency and a calmer existence, allowing us to focus on... Read More →
05
MAY
2018
Miniature sculptures inside toilet rolls

The extraordinary world of recycled cardboard art

With more of us shopping online, cardboard packaging is fast becoming one of the most ubiquitous materials we discard on a daily basis. Elevated from its humble status, this post explores how artists have been able to exploit its creative potential in unexpected ways, through the... Read More →
14
APR
2018
Radiator chair

10 of the wildest chair designs made from repurposed materials

When it comes to reusing unwanted materials in an innovative way, it seems the humble seat can be made from just about anything. Looking at the designs below, seating can also surprise and delight as a striking art piece. If you’re sitting comfortably, read on to see some... Read More →
06
APR
2018
Holding a grey ceramic planter and cactus

10 handmade ceramic plant pots available on Etsy

You can never have enough plants in the home, but what about the vessels you put them in? Hundreds of talented ceramicists are selling their beautiful handmade pieces on Etsy, all of which are one of a kind. A stylish way to present your succulents, air plants and cactai, add an... Read More →
30
MAR
2018
Daniel Heath in his studio

INTERVIEW: Handprinted wallpaper and surface design by Daniel Heath

Daniel Heath is an award-winning independent wallpaper, textile and surface designer. After training in silk screen printing at the Royal College of Art, he set up his East London studio in 2007 to create bespoke hand printed wallpapers and hand crafted interior surfaces. Key to... Read More →
23
MAR
2018

Adaptive reuse of an old mill now a stunning mountain retreat

Surrounded by breathtaking mountainous scenery is the Alila Yangshuo, a converted 1960s sugar mill turned luxury resort hotel. Part of the Alila hotel group, the resort is built on the banks of the Li River in China’s Yangshuo County, situated in the northeast of the... Read More →
19
MAR
2018
Collage portrait by Patrick Bremer

5 masters of vintage and recycled paper collage art

With virtually everything become increasingly digitised, more of us are striving for a paperless life. We still however, manage to produce a staggering amount of paper waste, with the UK alone using 12.5 million tonnes of paper and cardboard each year. Creative reuse of this... Read More →
12
MAR
2018
View of cabin lit from the inside

Eco cabins by Devon based Out of the Valley

Rupert McKelvie‘s education in woodwork began with acquiring traditional boat building skills in the coastal town of Lyme Regis, as well cabinet making. He then graduated in 3D design and sustainability with a distinction from Falmouth University. He has since worked on a... Read More →
03
MAR
2018
Grant Aston wood and ceramic contemporary sculpture

10 selected works of contemporary sculpture from Collect 2018

Collect is an annual international contemporary art fair held by the Crafts Council, now its 14th year. It brings together 40 galleries from around the world to London’s Saatchi Gallery. The display of beautiful objects was a feast for the eyes. Several works demonstrated... Read More →
24
FEB
2018
House plant in the bedroom

East London home decorated with greenery and vintage

Ignoring the cold spell currently hitting London, the budding crocuses are proof that we are indeed almost at the end of winter. The prospect of sunshine and green leaves on trees is never more welcome than on a chilly day in London. It’s perhaps the ideal time to share... Read More →
18
FEB
2018
Veronika Richterová fishes plastic bottle art

8 incredible examples of plastic bottle art and installation

The concept of plastic bottle art initially evoked flashbacks of Blue Peter’s Here’s one I made earlier. It’s hard to believe that something as ubiquitous as a used plastic bottle could ever be turned into a thing of beauty. There has been recent media attention... Read More →
09
FEB
2018
Modern vintage bathroom

8 stylish vintage decorating ideas for the bathroom

The bathroom may not be an obvious setting for some of your flea market finds, but then again, isn’t it that element of the unexpected that makes a room stand apart from the norm? Even one or two vintage pieces – an ornate mirror or a Midcentury cabinet, could turn... Read More →