China

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 →
18
FEB
2018
Veronika Richterová fishes plastic bottle art

8 incredible examples of plastic bottle art and installation

The concept of plastic bottle art initially evoked flashbacks of Blue Peter’s Here’s one I made earlier. It’s hard to believe that something as ubiquitous as a used plastic bottle could ever be turned into a thing of beauty. There has been recent media attention... Read More →
06
JAN
2018
Pop up space made with crumpled tracing paper

5 pop-up spaces created from repurposed objects

Some of the most creative ideas for pop-up spaces, pavilions and temporary structures involve the repurposing and reappropiation of found objects and materials. Repurposing whatever you have to hand, perfectly sets the tone of spontaneity for a casual pop up bar or exhibition... Read More →
20
SEP
2016
Upcycled chairs for kids bedrooms made from old jeans by Jeanbag

10 Brilliant Upcycled Chairs for Kids Bedrooms

One of the best things about kids is their shamelessly weird and whimsical tastes. A chair that looks like a bunny rabbit? Yes please! Perhaps this is why creative furniture upcycling is so perfect for kids bedrooms – they’re guaranteed to love the quirky stuff. From... Read More →
12
APR
2016
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Homeware made from recycled construction waste by Bentu

Reuse at its best, Bentu Design proves that a reclaimed ‘look’ is not all about worn patinas, rough edges or shabby chic. These products are beautifully clean cut and streamlined, despite being made from a mix of cement and recycled construction waste, something which... Read More →
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13
JAN
2015
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Upcycled fashion at the EcoChic Award 2014/15

The EcoChic Design Award is a sustainable fashion design competition which challenges emerging designers to create mainstream clothing with minimal textile waste. The competition is organised by Redress, a Hong Kong charity that promotes environmental sustainability in the... 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 →
31
MAR
2014

Deconstructed murals by Vhils

Portuguese urban artist Alexandre Farto (aka Vhils) creates stunning murals from decomposing walls using chisels, drills and small explosives. Seeing the act of deconstruction as a creative process, his deconstructed portraits can be found in Shanghai, London, Bogota, Paris,... Read More →
11
JAN
2013

Recycled bottle lights by John Meng

Chinese self-taught designer John Meng has made a series of recycled wine bottle lights. Each part is assembled by everyday craftsmen on the streets of Xiamen, taught by Meng. Above is Patriot lamp which resembles a message in a bottle. Also in the series is Lab lamp and In Light... 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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19
JUN
2011

Clean Cut

Another marvellous discovery found on Etsy.  Mid West Vintage are a clothing company based in Hong Kong that reconstruct vintage clothing into fantastic modern pieces. I couldn’t resist sharing a few favourites, all available to buy here. Shirt dress reconstructed from a... Read More →