Home Decorating

13
NOV
2012

Illustrated vintage china by Esther Coombs

Esther Coombs gives a new lease of life to unwanted household items by drawing illustrations on to discarded ceramics, tea towels, cushions and old postcards.  Traditional floral teapots are brought up to date with illustrations of modern day tower blocks.  Cake stands are... Read More →
10
NOV
2012

Patterned paint rollers by The Painted House

Patterned paint rollers by The Painted House  are all you need for giving walls, fabrics and furniture a new lease of life. They’re available in nine different designs and offer a quick and easy way of creating a subtle handmade effect.  You can buy them on Etsy here.... Read More →
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06
NOV
2012

Pet beds made from upcycled iMac monitors

These cats look right at home in these upcycled iMac pet beds – another brilliant creation from Atomic Attic.  They have reused the entire iMac including the original speakers which are placed at the rear to prevent the bed from rocking.   They come with a removable machine... Read More →
25
OCT
2012

Reclaimed fabric toy characters by Katkaland

Katkaland is the playground of Katka Hubacek from Quebec, Canada. These wonderful handmade creatures are influenced by a childhood spent drawing princesses, dressing her doll Blanka and feeding her imaginary animals. Her education in Scenography and Costume Studies provided an... Read More →
23
OCT
2012

Furniture made from upcycled boat sails by Dvelas

With the weather in the UK less than inspiring, dreaming about lounging on a sunbed is a happy distraction.  This is all the more appealing when the loungers are made from redundant boat sails.  DVELAS Living Sails is a Spanish company that recovers sails that are so deteriorated... Read More →
20
OCT
2012

New Zealand wool blankets made into cushions by Seam

Seam by Sue McMillan is a lovely collection of upcycled pure New Zealand wool blankets.  These cushions and wheatbags have hand sewn vinyl and blanket motifs on the front in a range of modern, colourful designs.  Check out more here.  Pictured above – Kaikoura Kray. Bully... Read More →
20
OCT
2012

Reclaimed fishing boat wood tiles by Original Style

Add warmth to an interior with these beautiful Surabuya mosaics from Original Style.  They’re made from recycled wood from South East Asian fishing boats and come in tones of amber, russet and cinnamon.  Mosaics are priced from £19.02 per sheet and £209.95 per squar... Read More →
03
OCT
2012

Upcycled china by Melody Rose at TENT London

At this year’s TENT London there was plenty of exciting upcycled art and design on offer. First up, Melanie Roseveare of Melody Rose who upcycles long forgotten ceramics by applying brilliant new designs to cups, saucers and plates before re-firing them in the kiln at over... Read More →
28
JUL
2012

Kitchen island covered in lego by Munchausen

Danish design duo Simon Pillard and Philippe Rossetti (aka Munchausen) have covered a wooden kitchen island with 20,000 Lego pieces in their Paris apartment.  “We design mostly in black and white,” says Philippe, “our apartment is our place for emotional release, the... Read More →
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28
MAY
2012

Makedo self-connectors for upcycling

Makedo is a set of self-connectors which allow you to easily join cardboard, plastic and fabric to form new objects and structures.   Play objects, kid’s costumes, furniture and decorations for the home can all be made from the stuff around you and after use, easily dismantled... Read More →
06
MAY
2012

Upcycled glass tiles by Ellen Blakeley

Ellen Blakeley was passing a shattered bus shelter in her San Francisco neighbourhood.  The glass had been shot out with BB guns and lay in glittering heaps on the asphalt.  Seeing great design potential in the tempered glass she was led into the world of glass mosaic and has now... Read More →
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16
APR
2012

Homeware made from upcycled wine bottles by Lucirmás

We’re very excited to discover Lucirmás a Spanish company which makes beautiful homewares out of upcycled wine bottles, all handmade in Barcelona, Spain. Their mission is to create products which utilize the charm, value and versatility of recycled glass. Glass is... Read More →
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07
APR
2012

Annie Sloan Chalk Paints

If you’re inspired to upcycle some old pieces of furniture this Easter weekend,  be sure to check out Annie Sloan‘s Chalk Paints.  This is a beautiful collection of 24 colours that have a matt, velvety finish.  They are specially designed for furniture but can also be... Read More →
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21
MAR
2012

Upcyclist and The Blue Economy

An enormous thank you goes out to Professor Gunter Pauli for his tremendous support for Upcyclist.  Pauli is an entrepreneur, lecturer, author and commentator in culture, science, politics, sustainability and the environment. His twenty books, including Upcycling (1999) have been... Read More →
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14
MAR
2012

Upcycled Selling Exhibition at The Old Cinema

Most excited to hear about the Upcycled Selling Exhibition at The Old Cinema (160 Chiswick High Road, London W4 1PR).  The Old Cinema is a picture palace dating from the 1890s which has been refurbished into an antiques, vintage, and retro department store.  The exhibition takes... Read More →
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21
FEB
2012

Suitcase speakers by JukeCases™

Many thanks to Jon Napier for introducing me to JukeCases™ by Etsy seller SonValise.  These are custom vintage portable hifis made from recycled speakers and suitcases – stylish, portable and perfect for picnics and days at the beach.  Many speakers used are made... Read More →
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24
JAN
2012

Recycled Home book by Mark and Sally Bailey

For fantastic home interior inspiration check out Recycled Home by Mark and Sally Bailey.  This book demonstrates the very best in stylish, modern interiors created from upcycled, reclaimed and vintage objects and materials.  Integral to Baileys Home and Garden is a repair,... Read More →
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19
JAN
2012

Chandelier made from everyday objects by Winnie Lui

This incredible White Chandelier made of toys and everyday found objects is by Hong Kong designer Winnie Lui.  The random selection of assembled ephemera in uniform bright white casts magical shadows when lit.   Fifty of these limited edition lights have been made and you can... Read More →
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16
JAN
2012

Lighting made from broken glass by Lovers Lights

Lovers Lights are beautiful pendant lights by Janis Haves which are made from bits of leftover glass.  There are between 35 and 120 pendants in each light which are all hand cut. The glass that would usually end up in the skip is sourced from picture framers, window makers and... Read More →
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23
DEC
2011

German star wreaths made from newspaper

For more crafty festive touches, check out these German star wreaths made from newspaper, also known as Froebel Stern.  You can find out how to make them here via LinaLoo Read More →
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19
DEC
2011

Stamped silverware

Bored of baubles? Check out these delightful Christmas ornaments from Etsy seller HeavyMetalMilkman.  They’re made from hand stamped upcycled silverware.  Image via Etsy Read More →
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07
DEC
2011

Art from reclaimed paper by Joseph Scissorhands

Something cheerful to start the day – paper cuts by Joseph Scissorhands.  Joseph Silcott is an illustrator and paper artist.  His work comprises reclaimed and reordered paper and other disposable ephemera gathered from various disparate sources. Above is Union Jack.... Read More →
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03
DEC
2011

Vintage paper ornaments

So apparently it’s nearly Christmas.  This can only mean the search is on for all things upcycled and festive.  First up is an Etsy find – paper creations by Leah Copplestone at LBC Paper.  These are hangings, ornaments and table decorations made of vintage paper from... Read More →
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23
NOV
2011

Upcycled quilts made from airline duvet covers

Old Threads make charming toddlers quilts with a history.  This great product is made from upcycled 600 thread-count decommissioned Virgin Atlantic airline duvet covers.  The quilts are cleaned, topped with upcycled cotton, filled with recycled hollowfibre and are screen-printed... Read More →
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21
NOV
2011

Lamps made from upcycled books by Bom Design

Pegasus is one of many fantastic creations by Michael Bom, a Dutch artist who makes sculptures and lamps from books.  The page leaves are folded in a way that gives the lamps an appealing translucency and a wonderful feathered and organic appearance.  His design studio Bom Design... Read More →
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08
NOV
2011

Remarkable Repurposing

Katie Thompson is a South African designer who ‘transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary’ by repurposing broken and unwanted furniture. Her company REcreate is home to a fabulous range of furniture lighting and accessories- here are a few favourites. Above is... Read More →
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25
OCT
2011

Ten Green Bottles

Things made from coloured glass always have a certain appeal but there is something particularly contemporary about these glasses by Bottlecrop in their varying shades of bottle green.  Wine and beer bottles have the tops cropped off, rims ground and smoothed to a soft matt... Read More →
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20
OCT
2011

The Shirt off his Back

Out this month is The Shirt off his Back – 30 projects for transforming everyday shirts into a range of home accessories by Juliet Bawden, a great read for crafty folk looking for a thrifty project.  You’ll find some brilliant ideas for turning old shirts into... Read More →
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29
SEP
2011

Walk Don’t Walk

Want to decorate your interior with a piece of NYC history? UK retailer Felix Lighting sell the original Walk Don’t Walk signs – a batch of units that became dead stock in 1999 when the city started taking these signs down.  The iconic design was gradually replaced... Read More →
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28
SEP
2011

Uncle Oswald Is My Hero

It’s all been kicking off with the London Design Festival and there are so many things to see that it’s hard to know where to begin.  Both Tent London and 100% Design however have proved very fruitful for seeking out some fantastic upcycled art and design.  A... Read More →
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14
SEP
2011

Cool Cats

How could I resist…?  Atomic Attic show us that even our pets can enjoy the benefits of upcycling.  Made from an Antique Blue Oshkosh Vintage Suitcase with handmade wooden legs and machine washable cushion, I’d buy my cats one of these… Read More →
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10
SEP
2011

Play Suspended

If filling that sparse wall with a conventional print seems like a dull idea, you could create a decorative feature with these vintage tennis racket mirrors instead – a great gift for tennis fanatics – available to buy at Velvet Ribbon Read More →
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08
SEP
2011

Birdwatch: Upcycled birdhouses by Gadget Sponge

  Little birds in need of some five star luxury should head straight to an upcycled bird house by Gadget Sponge – a place where junk, design and nature collide.  Every design is dictated by found objects so each piece is simply one of a kind.  Find more of these weird and... Read More →
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30
JUL
2011

Jewellery Stands

Just admiring all the beautiful items on Polli which sells sustainable jewellery and homewares, designed and made in Australia.  These jewellery stands are made from locally salvaged timber.  Jungle Stand above is inspired by the work of  Dr Jane Goodall who made ground-breaking... Read More →
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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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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 →
14
JUN
2011

Ten Green Bottles

I’ve seen plenty of beer bottles upcycled into drinking vessels – but nothing quite like these by German designer Sybille Homann.  These beautiful vases, carafes, candlesticks and lights are made predominantly from used glass taken from bottles and windows. Images via... Read More →
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09
JUN
2011

Bottle Top Pop Art

This fantastic bottle top portrait of Jackie O is by Tel-Aviv fashion designer Ossy Pri Hadash. She collects materials that are disregarded by recycling companies and turns them into art.  To see more bottle top renditions (including The Godfather, Che Guevara, Madonna and Barack... Read More →
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31
MAY
2011

Made from Books

As highlighted in previous posts, it seems books aren’t just for reading – this one is definitely worth a read!  Book Art by Christine Antaya features fascinating sculptures and installations, all constructed from repurposed books. With the rise of the digital age, it... Read More →
28
MAY
2011
The Immortal 2011 portrait on floppy disks by Nick Gentry

Faces on Floppy: Artworks by Nick Gentry

Inspired by the sociological impact of internet culture, Nick Gentry paints beautiful portraits onto obsolete media formats, such as old floppy disks. His work is a comment on waste culture, but also makes parallels between the personal info locked beneath the paint and the way... 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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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 →
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 →
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