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 →