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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