01
JUN
2011

Re Ribbons: Michelle Lowe-Holder

Loving the beautiful Spring/Summer 2011 collection ‘Summer Ribbon Reclaim’ from Canadian designer Michelle Lowe-Holder.  She cleverly utilises offcuts from previous collections and end of line cuttings to craft dynamic and individual, sustainable statement pieces.... Read More →
31
MAY
2011

Made from Books

As highlighted in previous posts, it seems books aren’t just for reading – this one is definitely worth a read!  Book Art by Christine Antaya features fascinating sculptures and installations, all constructed from repurposed books. With the rise of the digital age, it... Read More →
28
MAY
2011
The Immortal 2011 portrait on floppy disks by Nick Gentry

Faces on Floppy: Artworks by Nick Gentry

Inspired by the sociological impact of internet culture, Nick Gentry paints beautiful portraits onto obsolete media formats, such as old floppy disks. His work is a comment on waste culture, but also makes parallels between the personal info locked beneath the paint and the way... Read More →
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26
MAY
2011
Upcycled retro oval table by Zoe Murphy

Retro revamp: Revived furniture by Zoe Murphy

Since graduating, Zoe Murphy work has quickly gained attention both at home and abroad, and has already graced the shelves of Liberty’s. Her upcycled furniture celebrates the optimistic colour, pattern and style of the 1950s and includes drawings of urban and coastal... Read More →
25
MAY
2011

Salvaged Swatches: Upcycled fashion by Piece x Piece

  Piece x Piece (Piece by Piece) is a fab fashion line by San Francisco designer, Elizabeth Brunner.  The unique and contemporary designs respond to the vast amount of fabric swatches discarded each season by the fashion industry.  The fabric used in each piece is selected from... Read More →
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24
MAY
2011

Washer Woman

From tool box to jewellery box – Additions is a range of contemporary jewellery made from recycled washers and hardware – perfect for ladies who love a bit of industrial chic. Take a look at the full range on Etsy here.  Image via Etsy Read More →
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23
MAY
2011

Grand designs: a cathedral built entirely from salvage

Certainly one for the bible of eco design… An elderly Benedictine Monk from a quiet Madrid neighbourhood has built an entire cathedral out of reclaimed materials.  After falling ill with tuberculosis, Justo Martinez (aka Don Justo) promised himself that if he recovered, he... Read More →
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22
MAY
2011

Painted and revived furniture by Ghost

British company Ghost Furniture strives to ‘bring quality furniture back from the dead and make it hauntingly beautiful.’   From a painted dessert spoon chandelier to a chair upholstered in a sailor’s uniform, their collection of restored vintage furniture and... Read More →
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21
MAY
2011

City lights: A house made from coloured plexiglass by Tom Fruin

Kolonihavehus is a stunning outdoor sculpture by American artist Tom Fruin. It’s constructed from a thousand pieces of reclaimed plexiglass salvaged from a closed down plexi distributor, a framing shop, the basement of the Danish State Art Workshops and skips outside the... Read More →
18
MAY
2011

Living the high life: The High Line NYC

The High Line is an elevated railway that was built on Manhattan’s West Side in the 1930s between Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street.  After 1980 no trains ran on the track which meant for some time it was under threat of demolition.  A... Read More →
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17
MAY
2011

Bags made from upcycled leather jackets

Love these! Bags by Hoakon Helga incorporate vintage and recycled materials, particularly vintage leather jackets.  The line is named after the designer”s grandparents and strives to achieve respect for the past and future by using sustainable methods. Images via Etsy Read More →
16
MAY
2011

A wall of doors by Piet Hein Eek

Here, the concept of a feature wall is taken to a whole new level, with something that could be straight out of Alice and Wonderland.  The brains behind this installation of reclaimed doors is Piet Hein Eek who has years of experience making furniture out of scrap materials.  The... Read More →
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15
MAY
2011

Outerwear by Christopher Raeburn

The London skies have been threatening to rain all day so it seemed like an ideal time to be highlighting some superb outerwear from Christopher Raeburn‘s Spring 2011 collection.  The highly acclaimed British designer uses decommissioned military uniform and parachute... Read More →
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15
MAY
2011

Reclaimed wood ornaments by Carol Ridler

It’s hard not to fall for elephants, cats, dogs and bunnies, but there’s no denying these home accessories by Hand Crafted Wood are the ultimate in sustainable English country chic. Designer Carol Ridler lives in an old farming village overlooking the Vale of Belvoir,... Read More →
14
MAY
2011

Fanciful reupholstered chairs

Loving the work of Brooklyn artist Orlando Dominguez, founder of GIN Art & Design.  The ‘Bluesy Chictorian’ is an upcycled chair, transformed with repurposed leather, hair on hide and suede with the addition of metal tacks and acrylic paint. Image via GIN Art... Read More →
10
MAY
2011

Patchwork Wood

Another talented designer who has a way with wood is Norwegian-born Amy Hunting.  This fabulous chair is from The Patchwork Collection, a range of wooden furniture made entirely from factory waste collected in and around Denmark. It comprises a chair, book box and twelve lamps... Read More →
05
MAY
2011

Bright idea: Pendant light made from unwanted books

Lucy Norman, designer of ‘Light Reading’ has been voted one of ‘Kevin’s Green Heroes‘ by Kevin McCloud at Grand Designs Live this week.  More books are being printed every year and although many unwanted books are taken to charity shops, they mostly... Read More →
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04
MAY
2011

Reclaimed on the Red Carpet

Hats off to Livia Firth for wearing another fabulous eco ensemble to the NY Met Ball. Stella McCartney rose to the Green Carpet Challenge with a jumpsuit made of 100% organic silk and hand-embroidered reclaimed vintage beads.  The detachable skirt is Abaca fibre (or Manila hemp)... Read More →
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03
MAY
2011

Reclaimed wood interior at Starbucks

If you ever find yourself in close proximity to 328, 15th Avenue E, Seattle – take a look at the interior of this branch of Starbucks. Whilst sipping a cup of Oolong tea, you can soak up warm and rustic surroundings that have been cleverly constructed from salvaged barn... Read More →
01
MAY
2011

Plastic Fantastic: Jewellery made from PET bottles

It’s impossible not to marvel at these stunning pieces by Gülnur Özdağlar which began their lives as plastic bottles.  The Turkish architect who also works in graphic design, photography and digital art has been producing jewellery and home decorations from recycled PET... Read More →
29
APR
2011

Jam jar lights

Another wonderfully simple reuse idea. These charming jam jar lights from LampGoods are made from vintage jars – a perfect addition to the country cottage interior.  Buy them on Etsy now! Images via Etsy Read More →
27
APR
2011

Ring pull regalia

Da-Lata make bags and accessories from recycled ring pulls.  These come from cans that are collected from the sunny Brazilian beaches and bars by a small army of people known as ‘catadores’ (Brazilian for ‘can pickers’).  Waste picking is an official... Read More →
25
APR
2011

Elvis & Kresse: Bags made from fire hose material

A prime example of high end Upcycling is the Fire-Hose range by Elvis & Kresse – now sold in Harrods.  The collection comprises luxury lifestyle accessories made from genuine de-commissioned British fire brigade hoses which would usually be destined for landfill.  50%... Read More →
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23
APR
2011

Look Again: Upcycled antique plates

Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of LA artist, Angela Rossi.  Her ‘Beat Up Creations’ range from  macabre assembled sculptures (we’re talking dolls heads on toy spiders) to altered artwork featuring circus freaks and portraits of anthropomorphic... Read More →
22
APR
2011

Driftwood furniture by Bleu Nature

Bleu Nature is a craft-based business in Lille, Northern France.  Every year they comb beaches for pieces of driftwood which are transformed into beautiful pieces of furniture, lighting and other interior products. “Nature has fashioned each piece of driftwood over time,... Read More →
18
APR
2011

Broken china made into jewellery

In the likely event of a riotous tea party (royal wedding here we come) broken crockery is usually deemed pretty much useless once its shattered into tiny pieces. But not according to Laura Beth Love, creator of Dishfunctional Designs. These unique jewellery items are made from... Read More →
17
APR
2011

Lampshade made from rulers by Rory Dobner

All you need for a bit of Back to School chic… Designer Rory Dobner has collected vintage rulers from the 1920s through to the 1970s and used them to create these fabulous lamp shades.  They’re available in three sizes and can be bought online at Roost Living. Image... Read More →
15
JAN
2011

Upcycling clinic for things

Key players in the upcycling revolution are Berlin based Corinna Harl and Virginie Gailing with Klinik der Dinge (Clinic for Things). After making their design debut at international design festival DMY Berlin in June 2010, the public came to them with broken and unused objects... Read More →
09
DEC
2010
Rucksack made from hessian coffee sacks by Lost Property of London

Upcycled hessian coffee sack bags by Lost Property of London

On a recent mosy around Liberty I came across Lost Property of London by British designer Katy Bell.  These super stylish bags are made from 100% recycled South American fair trade coffee sacks, vintage leather jackets and remnant printed florals. Images via Lost Property of London Read More →
07
DEC
2010

Paper rose made from dollar bills

An expensive genre of upcycling perhaps, but I couldn’t resist! PaperAffection on Etsy make durable origami jewellery, hairgrips and ornaments. This Money Rose is made of five $1 bills. Images via Etsy Read More →
07
DEC
2010

Canopy of white umbrellas by Organelle Design

Another gem in Organelle Design’s portfolio is GO! Gallery – a collaborative project which involved creating a temporary gallery in a forgotten courtyard at the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown. A sculptural umbrella canopy hung above the chosen site to create an... Read More →
07
DEC
2010

Pendant lights made from coat hangers by Organelle Design

First, a look at Organelle Design, a small independent design studio based in New York and Vancouver. Amongst various design projects, they make organic inspired furniture and lighting such as the fabulous Hangelier light, pictured here. These form part of a series of pendant... Read More →
07
DEC
2010

Welcome!

Greeting ladies and gentlemen! You have stumbled upon UPCYCLIST, a place in cyberspace dedicated to all things restored, renovated and transformed. Upcycling is defined as ‘the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of... Read More →
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