Commercial Interiors

28
JUL
2018
Bottletop flagship store Regent Street London

3D printed interior at Bottletop store on Regent Street

Bottletop have been creating their signature handbags made from recycled aluminium ring pulls since 2002. The brand collaborates with artisans in Brazil, Kenya, Nepal and Indonesia, whilst also running a number of global initiatives through The Bottletop Foundation, which you can... Read More →
23
MAR
2018

Adaptive reuse of an old mill now a stunning mountain retreat

Surrounded by breathtaking mountainous scenery is the Alila Yangshuo, a converted 1960s sugar mill turned luxury resort hotel. Part of the Alila hotel group, the resort is built on the banks of the Li River in China’s Yangshuo County, situated in the northeast of the... Read More →
28
JUL
2017
Repurposed yoghurt pots installation

Modern ceiling designs made from repurposed materials and objects

I’m sure once upon a time, the only thing that adorned a shop ceiling was CCTV and smoke alarms. But when it’s time to refurb a shop, bar, hotel or restaurant, it’s not just about changing up the walls and furniture; it seems many designers are utilisin... Read More →
08
MAY
2017
Exterior of Silo Brighton

Silo Brighton: A zero waste restaurant with an eye for upcycling

If there’s anywhere that prompts you to contemplate exactly where your food is coming from, it’s Silo – an award-winning zero waste restaurant, bakery and coffee house in Brighton. Silo opened in 2014 and pioneered zero waste dining in the UK. Its unique... Read More →
03
NOV
2016

A beautiful eco botanic restaurant interior at Väkst Copenhagen

When I came across the eco botanic restaurant interior of Väkst, overflowing with lush green plants, I looked over at my wilting coriander and thought – yep, it’s really time to step up the amount of plant life in my living space. If you’ve managed to embark on... Read More →
24
SEP
2016
Recycled plastic panels made from plastic bottles by Smile Plastics

Recycled plastic panels by Smile Plastics

As always, there was a stunning array of design and homeware on display at Tent London this year. The only downside is coming away wanting to own everything in sight – they must be doing something right. One of the stands that stood out was Smile Plastics. Not only do their... Read More →
01
SEP
2016
Restaurant interior design Mama Campo Madrid

Cool and eclectic upcycled restaurant interior design in Madrid

Recently I had the pleasure of connecting with Manolo Yllera, a Madrid-based interior designer and photographer whose beautiful studio loft home features in my upcoming book (more info on that soon!). Manolo introduced me to his award-winning interior design project at Mama Campo... Read More →
26
FEB
2016
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Reclaimed timber interior by March Studio

Melbourne designers March Studio transformed the foyer interior of Hotel Hotel in Canberra, using thousands of planks of salvaged wood. The planks are fixed around the ceiling and walls with steel rods, with stunning results. Surrounding the foyer’s grand staircase, the... Read More →
30
NOV
2015
Estudio-Beldarrain

Reclaimed railway sleepers clad library extension

San Sebastián based architectural firm Estudio Beldarrain have created a new extension to the Municipal Library in Azkoitia, Spain using reclaimed railway sleepers. The library itself is a converted station building, but the old railway track had been removed. In order to put the... Read More →
11
AUG
2015
Brothers Dressler

Wood offcuts for Lululemon storefront by Brothers Dressler

Brothers Dressler are a design duo based in Toronto specialising in one-of-a-kind production. The brothers work on projects ranging from furniture and lighting to special commissions, with a commitment to using found, reclaimed and locally sourced materials. “Ou... Read More →
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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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 →
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
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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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
15
NOV
2013
wooden pallet beach house

Japanese beach house made from upcycled wooden pallets

This wooden pallet Caban beach house is situated at Morito Beach in Hayama, Japan.  Designed by Japan-based designer David Guarino in collaboration with local artists, the structure is made entirely from shipping palettes and regional materials.  The structure includes a lounge... Read More →
16
SEP
2013
J.Crew Salvaged Hurricane Sandy Floor New York Fashion Week 2013

J Crew salvages hurricane wood for runway

At New York Fashion Week this month, J.Crew‘s surf inspired SS14 collection was showcased on a catwalk  made out of reclaimed boardwalk wood from Coney Island, Rockaway Beach and Atlantic City.  The floor was made by Sawkill Lumber Co. which salvages wood from the... Read More →
04
SEP
2013
Attendant Converted Public Toilet Cafe London

Renovated Victorian toilet Attendant Cafe

The jury’s still out on this one.  Would you eat your coffee and cake in a converted mens public toilet?  Attendant in Fitzrovia, London was once a 19th-century public bathroom complete with porcelain Victorian urinals.  After laying dormant for fifty years Ben Russell and... Read More →
27
JUN
2013

Lighting made from upcycled tin cans for Helsinki diner

Back in 2011 we featured the Heinz Lamp by Dutch designer Willem Heefer.  The designer has now produced a series of lamps for the Midhill Diner in Helsinki which belongs to top Finnish chef Hans Välimäki.  Heefer had 334 cans collected and cleaned before transforming them into... Read More →
13
MAY
2013

Painted teabag installation at Rolling Greens

Tea Sunburst is part artwork-part retail merchandising which makes use of 3000 teabags dipped in paint.  The installation adorned the homewares department of Rolling Greens in Hollywood last year.  Very clever indeed.  Via Los Angeles I am Yours Images via Los Angeles I am Yours... Read More →
25
MAR
2013

Kraanspoor building Amsterdam

The Kraanspoor building in Amsterdam is a three-storey office building which has been built directly on to an 885 ft concrete crane way by Ontwerpgroep Trude Hooykaas.  Kranspoor (meaning ‘Crane Track’) was an abandoned crane gentry from the 1950s in one of... Read More →
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23
NOV
2012

Reclaimed signage by Tom Fruin for Brooklyn’s Wythe Hotel

Found signage is made into new signage for the very cool Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn.  The ‘Hotel’ sign is by artist Tom Fruin who often uses found or discarded objects and materials in his work.  He also created a piece for the outside of the hotel – Watertower,... Read More →
30
OCT
2012

Upcycled interior for Italy restaurant Oh! Fico, ma Eco

Welcome to the fantastically designed Oh! Fico, ma eco (meaning “Oh! Cool but green”), a bar-restaurant created by Andrea Minoni Gino Forti in Brescia, Italy. Their number one goal is that everything is local, starting with the decor designed by Debora Pace and Elisa... Read More →
11
AUG
2012

Upcycled interior at Derrière, Paris

Having now returned from hols in France the first thing I am keen to share is a Parisian restaurant introduced to me by a friend.  It’s called Derrière, the name deriving from its location, situated at the back of their sister bar and restaurant Andy Wahloo and 404.  It not... Read More →
01
JUL
2012

Upcycled aeroplane nail bar in London

There are plenty of ways to upcycle a disused aeroplane. A nail bar however probably wouldn’t be the first thing that springs to mind. London’s MW Nails have done just that with a recreated flight deck that offers first class manicures and pedicures with an... Read More →
19
JUN
2012

Recycled blue glass window at Penzburg’s Islamisches Forum

Alen Jasarevic is the German-Bosnian architect behind the Islamisches Forum in Penzberg, Germany built in 2005.  Rather than opting for high minarets, traditionally found on mosques, this contemporary structure has a delicate tower and large prayer room with a stunning ornamented... Read More →
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17
MAR
2012

Dovecote Studio by Haworth Tompkins

Haworth Tompkins‘ ‘Dovecote Studio’ is a weathered steel dwelling built inside the existing structure of a Victorian dovecote in a state of ruin.  Situated on the Suffolk coast, it is a has a glazed corner window overlooking long views of the marshes towards the... Read More →
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13
FEB
2012

Book store in a converted church

Books have often been considered sacred objects but with their possible extinction looming, a bookshop constructed inside a converted Dominican church does seem strangely appropriate.  Built in 2007, Merkz+Girod Architects won an architectural award for Boekhandel Selexyz... Read More →
07
NOV
2011

Powder Keg Diplomacy

“We’re living in a powder keg and giving off sparks” sang Bonnie Tyler – A powder keg referring to a barrel of gunpowder of course, just to drag out the Guy Fawkes theme.  A friend introduced me to Powder Keg Diplomacy last week – a South London bar... Read More →
24
OCT
2011

Arrivals Lounge

Jumbo Stay is exactly what it says on the tin – a redundant Jumbo Jet with a new lease of life as a stylish hostel, located at Arlanda airport in Stockholm, Sweden.  Getting onto a plane that never takes off may seem like a strange concept, but you’ve got to... Read More →
19
OCT
2011

Back to School

A shoe shop like no other?  Designers Pinkeye upcycled an entire classroom to create a retail space for Shoe Supply in Antwerp, Belgium.  The brief was to come up with an attention grabbing concept that would have mass appeal but that could also be done on the cheap.  They... Read More →
27
SEP
2011

Tooting Tram and Social

Having recovered from a white wine fuelled weekend celebrating birthdays and catching up with old faces, I can now write coherently about our excursion to the Tram and Social in South London.  What was once a tram shed has been cleverly converted into a late night pub decorated... Read More →
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 →
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 →
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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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 →