21
JUL
2011

Data Lamp

With technology moving at an unfathomable rate, many upcyclists are relishing the task of doing something clever with redundant media formats.  If the CD clock just won’t cut it, perhaps we should take some inspiration from YeaYea studio based in Leipzig, Germany.  They... Read More →
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20
JUL
2011

Wooden Box

Many thanks to Inhabitat for the story on Saipua – a charming shop in Brooklyn, New York that sells handmade soaps and flowers.  Architect Jeremy Barbour of Tacklebox demonstrates a fantastic use of reclaimed barn wood, creating a beautiful space that’s part store... Read More →
18
JUL
2011

Sunday Best

I couldn’t possibly let this one go amiss – designer Demelza Hill‘s ‘Sunday Best’ – a fabulous jumpsuit made of dusters.  As well as having an awesome name, Demelza is one very talented young lady.  The ‘Sunday Best’ jumpsuit pays... Read More →
17
JUL
2011

Hot off the Press

Hats off to Holstee who have created the Original Upcycled Wallet made from upcycled plastic bags and newspapers collected from the streets of Delhi.  They have also teamed up with a non-profit organisation that helps individuals often referred to as ‘rag pickers’ by... Read More →
15
JUL
2011

Pure Jeanius

‘Persona’ is a collaboration between artist Jeffrey Wang, Levi’s and Taiwan’s Fubon Art Foundation.  Unbelievably, these wearable works of art are held together entirely by safety pins.  In order to keep the raw personality of denim jeans, no cutting,... Read More →
14
JUL
2011

Craft Central Recycles

This week I ventured to Farringdon for the Craft Central Recycles exhibition.  Above is a particular favourite – bottle top jewellery by Alessandra Rigillo.  She also incorporates bits of scrap plumbing into her work – a wonderful contrast to the sparkling jewels. ... Read More →
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13
JUL
2011

Merveilleux

How beautiful are these? If anyone saw the teapot light that featured on this season’s Apprentice – I’m sure you’ll agree these are streets ahead.  These stunning upcycled lights are made from discarded pots, pans and kettles by French artist Gilles... Read More →
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11
JUL
2011

All a Flutter

I first came across the work of Rebecca J Coles at The Bungeroosh Gallery during this year’s Brighton Festival.  She makes beautiful three-dimensional decorative forms that are individually hand cut from carefully selected paper that would otherwise be discarded or thrown... Read More →
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10
JUL
2011

New Designers 2011

I was pleased to finally get down to the New Designers exhibition in Angel this weekend – the biggest graduate design show in the UK. Amidst a wealth of talent, a noteworthy project for me was ‘No News is Good News’ by Suzie Button from Bristol UWE which also... Read More →
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08
JUL
2011

Heinz Lamp

Beanz Meanz Heinz, which also meanz the birth of an iconic lampshade.  The British classic has been immortalised by Willem Heeffer with pendant lampshades made from recycled industrial size cans.  Available to buy through Willem Heefer. Read More →
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07
JUL
2011

Textured Textiles

I’ve been meaning to share this for a while – the fantastic work of author and textile artist Ruth Singer. Inspired by historical textiles, museum objects, personal heritage, memory and stories, Ruth creates one-off textile artworks and products using sustainable and... Read More →
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05
JUL
2011
Assemblage necklace by Clementine James

Treasure Trove

Clementine James of Little Glass Clementine is a self-taught artist. Each wonderful piece of jewellery is a narrative of collected treasure, discarded objects and precious gems. Comprising anything from a pebble found on the Scottish shores to a button from her... Read More →
04
JUL
2011

Fire Truck Lamp

Now here’s a talking point – this quirky and innovative idea comes from UK interiors stylist and creative talent Jasmine Orchard.  Check out her blog on Jasmine Orchard Styling to find out how she upcycled this toy fire truck into a funky table lamp. Image via Jasmine... Read More →
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01
JUL
2011

Dishoom Chowpatty Beach

If you’re heading down to the South Bank this weekend, be sure to check out Dishoom Chowpatty Beach. As part of the Festival of Britain the Covent Garden Indian restaurant Dishoom has opened a Bombay style pop-up cafe outside the South Bank Centre.  The cafe has been... Read More →
28
JUN
2011

Could you make a pillow case dress?

To anyone who’s a dab hand at sewing – check out US charity Dress a Girl Around the World which I recently heard about via a forum discussion on Folksy. Sew Scrumptious is doing a great job of rounding up sewing bloggers to make pillow case dresses for little girls... Read More →
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26
JUN
2011

Upcycled furniture by Rupert Blanchard

Love this latest work from Rupert Blanchard.  He’s been collecting packaging crates for 10 years and this year decided to do something with the badly damaged ones.  Combined with salvaged Victorian pine floorboards he’s made a superb table and chairs set.  Check out... Read More →
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