18
JUN
2015
Seoul-Skygarden

Seoul Skygarden from a disused overpass

Dutch architects MVRDV are to design a High Line style park in the South Korean capital. Plans are now in motion for upcycling the neglected 938m long overpass which was built in the 1970s and closed in 2009 after being deemed unsafe for heavy vehicles. An elevated park will... Read More →
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09
JUN
2015

Trash assemblage art by Bordalo Segundo

A Portuguese street artist Bordalo Segundo creates assemblage art from trash found on the streets of Lisbon. Using old tyres, scrap metal, steering wheels and other car parts, he adds oil paint into the mix to create giant 3D animal portraits that add a striking splash of colour... Read More →
02
JUN
2015

Upcycled Barbie dolls jewellery by Margaux Lange

Now here’s a project that may raise a few eyebrows. Jewellery made from dismembered dolls can be too macabre for some, but The Plastic Bodies series is a thought provoking collection that will induce both repulsion and intrigue. Upcycled Barbie dolls is a new one on us, and... Read More →
28
MAY
2015
DWR upcycled champagne corks

Chairs made from upcycled champagne corks with DWR

Every year, American modern furniture store Design Within Reach launches the DWR Champagne Chair Contest™. This is a competition to design a miniature chair using only the foil, label, cage and cork of no more than two champagne bottles. This year’s winners were... Read More →
19
MAY
2015
Paige-Smith-Urban-Geode-Art

Urban geode art by Paige Smith

“These installations are like hidden gems sprinkled across the world that invite us to actually look, to be playful and to participate in a glorious and global treasure hunt…My work is infused with a magical realism that encourages us to pause, to discover, to be... Read More →
13
MAY
2015
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Art from upcycled everyday objects by Karen Ryan

Unwanted junk is the medium of choice for British designer Karen Ryan, who graduated from the RCA in 2001. She first encountered raw materials such as broken televisions and abandoned furniture in a long alleyway behind her grandmother’s flat. Seeing furniture from her... Read More →
05
MAY
2015
Art made from upcycled maps by Matthew Cusick

Seascape art made from upcycled maps by Matthew Cusick

We return to the work of Matthew Cusick, an American artist who has created a visual vocabulary using cut out maps from atlases and books. Previously we featured some of his portraits and cityscapes, also made from upcycled maps. Another subject favoured by Cusick is the... Read More →
28
APR
2015
Beautiful recycling bins designed by Robert Janson

Beautiful recycling bins by Robert Janson

Back in 2012 we commended Swedish designer Robert Janson on his beautiful jellyfish creations made from plastic bags. In a more recent project, Janson once again fuses together waste and beauty, with a proposal for aesthetically appealing recycling stations. Could these golden... Read More →
20
APR
2015
Daylight portrait made from upcycled film negatives by Nick Gentry

Portraits made from film negatives by Nick Gentry

A while back we featured Nick Gentry‘s ethereal portraits painted on to floppy disks and film negatives. Nick Gentry is inspired by the evolution of consumerism, technology, identity and cyber culture. The British artist continues to create fascinating works of art made... Read More →
12
APR
2015
Art made from upcycled PET bottles by Veronika Richterova

Upcycled plastic bottle creations by Veronika Richterová

Czech artist Veronika Richterová is an aficionado when it comes to the upcycled plastic bottle. Using heat and various methods of technological processing, she has created curious translucent ephemeral sculptures, lighting and installation from recycled plastic PET bottles. Her... Read More →
05
APR
2015
Multiplasticas lighting sculpture made from upcycled plastic trash by Brunno Jahara

Lamps made from litter by Brunno Jahara

These intriguing functional works of art are made from litter collected by the National Recycling Group in São Paulo, Brazil. Brunno Jahara is the talent behind the vividly coloured lamps and vessels which he produced in 2012. His aim was to draw attention to the amount of... Read More →
24
MAR
2015
Jewellery made from upcycled fabric offcuts by Michelle Lowe-Holder

Textile offcut jewellery by Michelle Lowe-Holder

As you can see from our previous posts on Michelle Lowe Holder, we’re a huge fan of this Canadian-born British fashion designer. Her collections are famed for her use of heritage handcrafts, vintage detail, zero waste and upcycling by using ends of line textile and... Read More →
18
MAR
2015
Yinka-Ilori

Upcycled chairs by Yinka Ilori

Upcycled furniture by East London designer Yinka Ilori are sculptural pieces inspired by the traditional Nigerian parables he was taught as a child. Using African Ankara fabrics, each piece tells a story. A graduate in furniture and product design from London Metropolitan... Read More →
10
MAR
2015
Amalgamated-9

Vessels made from pencils by Tuomas Markunpoika

Taking the pencil as symbolic of creativity, art and craft, Amalgamated is a project by Finnish artist Tuomas Markunpoika which examines the pencil as a mass produced tool that serves an individual purpose. These vases are created by gluing one facet of a pencil to another,... Read More →
06
MAR
2015

Sets built from furniture found on the street

Set in the Street, a collaboration between Justin Bettman and stylist Gozde Eker, is a Wes Anderson inspired photography project involving the salvaging of furniture and household items found on the streets of New York. Last December, elaborate sets were built and photographed,... Read More →
02
MAR
2015
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Upcyclist book out now!

After months of anticipation, Upcyclist’s first book ‘Upcyclist: Reclaimed and Remade Furniture Lighting and Interiors‘ is finally hot off the press and released in the UK today! Together with Prestel Publishing and the extremely talented designer Paul Sloman of... Read More →
07
FEB
2015
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Out of the Dark upcycling workshop with Bubble London

Last month, I had the pleasure of taking part in an upcycling workshop organised by Bubble London and the awesome charity Out of the Dark, a social enterprise that educates and employs vulnerable young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. A group of bloggers and journalists... Read More →
02
FEB
2015
nespoon

Lace graffiti by NeSpoon

Delicate street art by Polish artist NeSpoon can be found in abandoned urban spaces all the way from Warsaw to Tunisia. Decorative lace touches are given to bins, parking metres and dilapidated buildings, resulting in a stunning and unexpected aesthetic effect which the artist... Read More →
26
JAN
2015
Anahi Restaurant

Restored Paris charcuterie Anahi Restaurant

Featured in February 2015 Elle Deco UK, the beautiful interior of Anahi, an Argentinian restaurant in the Marais district of Paris. Once a charcuterie built at the turn of the 20th-century, the spaces retain their original broken tiling which have been cleverly filled with sheets... Read More →
20
JAN
2015
the-floyd-leg

Portable legs for pop-up tables

University of Michigan graduates Kyle Hoff and Alex O’Dell have come up with a brilliant new product called The Floyd Leg, a successful Kickstarter project named after Hoff’s father, grandfather and great grandfather who were all steel mill workers. Hoff had wanted to... Read More →
13
JAN
2015
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Upcycled fashion at the EcoChic Award 2014/15

The EcoChic Design Award is a sustainable fashion design competition which challenges emerging designers to create mainstream clothing with minimal textile waste. The competition is organised by Redress, a Hong Kong charity that promotes environmental sustainability in the... Read More →
07
JAN
2015

New Hotel Athens by Campana Brothers

Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana are renowned for  their reuse and re-appropriation to make furniture and interiors. Since launching in 1983 they have built an international reputation with works founded on the principles of reinvention an... Read More →
16
DEC
2014
anthropologie-holiday-window

Anthropologie upcycled Christmas windows

Anthropologie opened their first store in Pennsylvania in 1992 and are renowned worldwide for their stunning window displays. These creations are mostly made from humble, recycled and repurposed materials by 190 display artists. Here are a few winter themed favourites from over... Read More →
06
DEC
2014
nudie-jeans-camper-detail

Homeware made from upcycled jeans by Nudie

Swedish company Nudie Jeans have upcycled 2700 pairs of old, worn out jeans into limited edition rugs and camper seats. The In-and-Out Seam Camper Seat was inspired by Sweden’s love of camping and is made from the in-and-out seam from nine pairs of jeans. The Rag Rug is... Read More →
17
NOV
2014
Dan-Rawlings

Art from scrap metal by Dan Rawlings

Dan Rawlings creates intricate artwork from pieces of scrap metal. His imagery is inspired by the fresh mindset of childhood, the fractal beauty of nature and our interaction with it. Typical scenes depicted include figures building a treehouse or walking amongst nature. Rawlings... Read More →
06
NOV
2014
Maharishi

Upcycled military clothing by Maharishi

Founded by Hardy Blechman in the UK, Maharishi has been recycling military clothing in their collections since they began in 1994. Celebrating their 20th anniversary, upcycled remains a permanent feature of their mainline collection. Before being refashioned, the fabrics are... Read More →
28
OCT
2014

Repaired wood jewellery by Marcel Dunger

Spotted at Tent London last month, German product designer Marcel Dunger reuses pieces of broken maple wood to create beautiful handmade jewellery. Manufract is comprised of brightly coloured bio resin which is poured into the broken wood and once hardened, made in to... Read More →
22
OCT
2014
Gary-Dickins-Weapon-of-War

Art from found materials by Gary Dickins

Gary Dickins is a self-taught artist based in Taunton, Somerset. Dickins uses a vast range of found materials in his work including handmade paper, canvas, earth, fungi, cheese cloth, stitching, paint, textiles and rusting metal. The work invites the viewer to reflect on our role... Read More →
14
OCT
2014
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Rag weaving by Hana Mitsui

Hana Mitsui is a Royal College of Art student who recently received a visionary award at the SustainRCA Show & Awards. For her graduation project, Mitsui developed a technique based on the traditional Japanese art of rag weaving, sakiori which allowed her to transform dead... Read More →
02
OCT
2014
Pichi & Avo

Shipping containers painted with Greek gods by Pichi & Avo

Earlier this year, Valencia based graffiti artists Pichi & Avo created a gargantuan work of art using a canvas of shipping containers covered in images of Greek gods. The imposing piece was originally created for the North West Walls Street Art Festival in Werchter, Belgium... Read More →
19
SEP
2014
katie-jones-knitwear

Knitwear made from reclaimed textiles by Katie Jones

Graduating from Central Saint Martins last year, Katie Jones is another hot new designer to showcase their work at London Fashion Week’s Estethica SS15. Jones is a knitwear designer who takes a modern approach to traditional crafts. Using a high percentage of British... Read More →
15
SEP
2014
alex-noble-emg

Designer t-shirts from reclaimed fabric by Alex Noble

In July, visual artist Alex Noble set up EMG (Everything Must Go) ‘an ethical and creative initiative pioneering inventive sustainability in the higher end of the creative cultural market.’ Cycle 1 was a collaboration with 15 London designers whereby leftover fabric... Read More →
10
SEP
2014
Jeremy Mayer

Sculpture made from typewriter parts by Jeremy Mayer

Jeremy Mayer is a California based artist with no formal art training. Mayer disassembles typewriters and puts them back together to create anatomically correct human figures and animals without any glueing or welding. After disassembly he puts all the parts in to categories and... Read More →
18
AUG
2014

Bottletop SS14 collaboration with Narciso Rodriguez

British fashion label Bottletop have come a long way since we last blogged about them. Not only have they brought out some fabulous new pieces for Spring/Summer 2014, this year they also collaborated with Narciso Rodriguez who has designed handbags using the brand’s... Read More →
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30
JUL
2014

Abandoned building jellyfish art installation in Liverpool

This month, a new art installation was revealed on a quiet street in Liverpool. A large fish tank full of serene jellyfish was installed behind the shutters of an abandoned building, emanating a beautiful blue glow by night. The work by Walter Hugo & Zoniel is called... Read More →
05
JUL
2014
Greg Klasson

Tables made from rotting trees by Greg Klassen

Taking inspiration from the trees, rivers and lakes from his surroundings in the Pacific Northwest, Greg Klassen makes handmade wooden tables using jagged edge pieces from discarded or rotting trees sourced from construction sites. The River Collection is made from hand cut glass... Read More →
18
JUN
2014
Luz Interruptus

Installation of plastic bottle rejects by Luz Interruptus

Labyrinth of Plastic Waste is an installation by Luzinterruptus which featured in Poland’s Katowice Street Art Festival last month. “We were looking to demonstrate, in a poetic manner, the amount of plastic waste that is consumed daily, in addition to focusing... Read More →
09
JUN
2014

Lighting made from reblown glass bottles by Studio Swine

The São Paulo Collection by Studio Swine is a range of lighting and furniture inspired by the Brazilian tropical modernism of the 1950s. They have created bottle bulbs for the lighting pieces which are made from beverage bottles that have been heated and re-blown into an eclectic... Read More →
19
MAY
2014

Upcycled homeware by Nanawo

Nanawo are a Polish design trio who specialise in upcycling waste objects into household goods. As well as working to commission they have a series of products available to buy on their website including food storage tins made from titanium damper pipe covers, childrens’... Read More →
11
MAY
2014

Upcycling by Athens collective Kollektivemind*

Kollektivemind* are an Athens based design team specialising in architectural research and implementation. Projects such as Argallios (loom) pictured above explore the potential of reuse and upcycling. Argallios took place at a primary school on the island of Crete and made use... Read More →
27
APR
2014
Christopher Raeburn 2014

Upcycled 1950s textile for Christopher Raeburn SS14

The British designer Christopher Raeburn is renowned for creating designer clothes from re-appropriated military fabrics. His spring/summer 2014 collection ‘Sandstorm’ is inspired by the uniform of World War II Commandos of the Long Range Desert Group. As well as... Read More →
21
APR
2014

Sculpture from discarded paper cups by Lisa Hoke

Lisa Hoke‘s fascinating sculptures and installations are made from discarded paper and card, paper cups and household goods. Combined, the sprawling clusters of waste looks like blooming flowers and organic formations, highlighting the beauty in the colourful consumer... Read More →
12
APR
2014

Photographs of shattered mirrors by Bing Wright

New York photographer Bing Wright makes stunning photographs of sunsets and landscapes that are reflected in shattered mirrors. The real life photographs are huge measuring 4’x6′, giving the appearance of giant spider webs or stained glass windows – magical! Via... Read More →
07
APR
2014

Beijing concept store Trash ‘n Diamond

Trash ‘n Diamond are new concept stores in Shuangjing and Wudaokou, Beijing.  The shops buy and sell clothes and stock everything from H&M to MaxMara, setting themselves apart from most other vintage shops in the city. The owner Fang Fang initially studied graphic... Read More →
31
MAR
2014

Deconstructed murals by Vhils

Portuguese urban artist Alexandre Farto (aka Vhils) creates stunning murals from decomposing walls using chisels, drills and small explosives. Seeing the act of deconstruction as a creative process, his deconstructed portraits can be found in Shanghai, London, Bogota, Paris,... Read More →
25
MAR
2014

Chandelier made from champagne corks by Alkesh Parmar

The Celebration Chandelier by British designer/artist Alkesh Parmar is made from hollowed out champagne corks collected from local champagne bars. The clusters of corks are fitted with LED lights and each chandelier is custom made to suit each individual space.  Images via Junk... Read More →
14
MAR
2014

Art from dissected books by Alexander Korzer-Robinson

Alexander Korzer-Robinson is a UK based artist who creates beautiful book sculptures using cut out images from old encyclopaedias and books. His work contains narratives that try to explore and deconstruct nostalgia, creating what he describes as our ‘inner... Read More →
05
MAR
2014

Reworked plates by Little Owl Design

Based in Amsterdam, Bruce Wayland and Marcello De Simone are the designers behind Little Owl Design. Their Altered Perspectives collection combines painting with transferware plates to create merged scenes. Canvas is applied to the surface of the plates creating a contrast... Read More →
03
MAR
2014

Vintage book letters from Anthropologie

Love these Library Letters made from vintage hardback books from Anthropologie. Spell out meaningful words or names and you have the perfect decorative addition to a bedroom, home study or living room. Images via Anthropologie Read More →
19
FEB
2014
Babybrandy From Somewhere

Upcycled cropped jumper by From Somewhere

All clothes made by the UK’s From Somewhere label are made from pre-consumer off-cuts rescued from textile mills that work with the luxury fashion industry. Babybrandy is the latest addition to the From Somewhere rail. This is a fun 1990s inspired cropped jumper made with... Read More →
11
FEB
2014
Agustina Woodgate

Stuffed animal skin rugs by Agustina Woodgate

Creations by American interdisciplinary artist Agustina Woodgate involve clever use of disregarded materials.  Skin Rugs is a collection of rugs made from disassembled stuffed animal toys. A play on the animal skin rug, she took the skins from unloved toys and stitched them... Read More →
03
FEB
2014

Upcycled interiors at Hamburg’s Superbude Hotel

These spaces in the Superbude Hotel-Hostel in Hamburg were designed by German design firm Dreimeta.   The listed building was once a Deutche Post switching centre and one of the core principles of Dreimeta’s design was to incorporate typical local everyday items and... Read More →
23
JAN
2014
Charlotte Smith

Burnt out lightbulb art installation by Charlotte Smith

Ephemeral Rays is an installation of burnt out lightbulbs by artist Charlotte Smith, for a Fine Art degree show at the University of Kent last year. The lightbulbs are designed to give the viewer a sense of the volume of space and light within the galvanising shop in Chatham... Read More →
15
JAN
2014

Trees cut from shopping bags by Yuken Teruya

Japanese artist Yuken Teruya carves miniature trees from discarded shopping bags.  The trees are part of a series called Notice – Forest.   Tacked to the wall, the inside of the Cartier, Tiffany & Co and McDonalds bags become shadow boxes, revealing intricate diorama... Read More →
06
JAN
2014

Lampshades made from x-rays

This lampshade made from x-ray film was a school assignment by Swedish graphic designer Sture Pallarp in collaboration with Elin Hedlund and Emmelie Karlström.  Taking x-ray sheets that would otherwise be thrown away, the design plays with the concept of viewing anatomical data... Read More →
02
JAN
2014

John Lewis Christmas 2013 window display

Before it gets taken down, Londoners should make sure they check out this years Christmas window display at John Lewis on Oxford Street and the Peter Jones branch at Sloane Square.  The display by Chameleon Visual Ltd includes Arctic hares, bears, squirrels and penguins all made... Read More →
27
DEC
2013

Packaging tape art by Mark Khaisman

These images are created with layers of packaging tape.  The artist Mark Khaisman puts the tape onto a clear backlit acrylic panels which gives the effect of red room film development.  He carefully applies and removes parts of it to create varying levels of opacity and reveal... Read More →
17
DEC
2013
Amish Barn Star

Amish Metal Barn Star

These beautiful metal barn stars are made by Amish communities in America using traditional methods.  Believed to bring good luck, they are made from reclaimed tin salvaged from old farm buildings.  Purchase for £37 from Not on the High Street here.   Images via Not on the... Read More →
13
DEC
2013

Lucid Stead desert shack art installation

This beautiful installation is by American artist Phillip K. Smith.  ‘Lucid Stead’ is a weathered 70 year old homesteader shack in the Joshua Tree desert, California.  Transformed with mirrors and LED panels.  By day mirrors on the outside of the structure reflect its... Read More →
03
DEC
2013

Suitcase furniture by Maarten De Ceulaer

Loving this beautiful work from Belgian designer Maarten De Ceulaer. Perhaps more repurposing than upcycling i.e. reconfiguring suitcases into furniture, but very smartly done nonetheless. Desk of Suitcases (pictured above) from The Leather Collection is made from suitcases and... Read More →