made in Europe

05
JUL
2018
Pressed flower art by Ignacio Canales Aracil

INTERVIEW: Stunning contemporary flower sculptures by Ignacio Canales Aracil

Ignacio Canales Aracil is a Spanish sculptor who makes extraordinary delicate structures from real pressed flowers and plants. The flowers are held together without the use of any glue but once dried, sprayed with a matt varnish to protect them from moisture. His works... Read More →
11
AUG
2017
Mosaic artist Yukiko Nagai

INTERVIEW Yukiko Nagai revives furniture with mosaic art

Yukiko Nagai relocated from Japan to Italy, to study the traditional art of mosaic at Ravenna Art Academy. After briefly returning to Tokyo, she decided to set up her life in the city of Ravenna. She now makes exquisite one-of-a-kind chairs, tables and benches using antiques that... Read More →
08
MAR
2017
Cross stitched metal objects by Severija

Cross stitched metal objects by Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė

Embroidery seems to be having a moment. Not only is there a plethora of contemporary cross stitch kits appearing on Etsy (depicting anything from ‘more gin please’ to llamas), there’s now a new wave of crafters learning to embroider their own jeans and jackets.... Read More →
09
FEB
2017
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Manoteca book features fantastic furniture by Elisa Cavani

I first came across the work of Elisa Cavani, whilst doing research for my book Upcyclist. Hailing from Bologna, Italy, Elisa makes whimsical lighting, desks and furniture pieces made from found objects, all of which can only be described as the epitome of one-of-a-kindness. Now... Read More →
16
MAY
2016

RE:DO upcycled furniture by Marie-Louise Hellgren

I had the pleasure of meeting Swedish designer Marie-Louise Hellgren at Tent London a few years back. It was here that she introduced me to Pink One Puff, a beautiful dusky pink stool made from recycled airbag material. Since then, she has launched a collection of upcycled... Read More →
21
MAR
2016
Ilaria-Bianchi

INTERVIEW: Artist Ilaria Bianchi

Ilaria Bianchi is a furniture and product designer from Pisa, Italy. She studied Industrial Design in Turin, and after winning a scholarship moved to Stockholm where she did work experience in the studio of Fredrik Paulsen. Relishing Paulsen’s vibrant, crafty approach, she... Read More →
19
MAR
2016
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Tiny sculptures made from pencil lead

Imagine the patience required to create such intricate carvings as this? Recollecting the tedium of sharpening pencils in art classes, only for the lead to inevitably break off would be enough to put me off. Yet for Bosnian artist Jasenko Đorđević, carving his sculptures made... Read More →
23
FEB
2016
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Discarded textile cast in bronze by Studio Jens Praet

The notion of highlighting something seemingly worthless by casting it in bronze was explored by Jasper Johns in the 1960s. Works such as Painted Bronze (Ale Cans), like other members of the Pop Art movement, blurred the boundaries between high art and mass culture. Belgian... Read More →
03
FEB
2016
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Patricia Urquiola for Budri Earthquake 5.9 Collection

In 2012, the storage room of Italian marble company Budri was hit by earthquake Emilia, shattering hundreds of beautiful slabs of marble into shards, in a matter of seconds. In 2013, designer Patricia Urquiola created a collection of stunning geometric creations from the broken... Read More →
29
JAN
2016
Debbie-Wijskamp

Vessels made from paper pulp by Debbie Wijskamp

Debbie Wijskamp has been operating from her studio in Arnhem, Netherlands since graduating in Product Design in 2009. Inspired by everyday objects and materials that surround us on a daily basis, she investigates their boundaries in order to create beautiful products for... Read More →
14
DEC
2015
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Paper Mache City Lights by Paper Moon Factory

We had to single out these beautiful pendant lights by Paper Moon Factory as the ultimate accessory for making a home feel cosy this winter. The lamps are from the City Lights Series and are made from recycled paper pulp, coated in chalk paint. Dutch artist Marion Westerman is... Read More →
06
DEC
2015
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Upcycled billiard table cloth headwear by Valorisation Lab

Valorisation Lab. is a Ukrainian brand run by Denis Chernyavskyy, specialising in headwear made from unconventional and reused materials. Over the summer, they launched their first collection of baseball caps made from vintage scarves. Chernyavskyy has now launched a Kickstarter... Read More →
13
NOV
2015

INTERVIEW: Patricio Abreu, founder of Vaho

The Vaho project was founded in 2001 by Patricio Abreu, starting out from a small multidisciplinary design studio in Barcelona. Vaho make handmade bags, belts, wallets and tech cases that are crafted from upcycled advertisement flags hung from street lamps in Barcelona and... Read More →
19
OCT
2015
Marc-Sparfel

Found furniture animal sculptures by Marc Sparfel

These incredible animal sculptures by Marc Sparfel have a primitive aesthetic achieved through the reuse and reconfiguration of found furniture. Sparfel grew up in Brittany, north-west France surrounded by countryside and animals. After graduating from school, he studied commerce... Read More →
12
OCT
2015

Bags made from upcycled banners by Vaho

With the new 5p charge on supermarket carrier bags in the UK, it might be time to shop for the perfect tote bag to cart those groceries around. Vaho are a small multidisciplinary design studio in Barcelona. They create handmade bags from upcycled banners which in their first life... Read More →
19
AUG
2015
Herrwolke Telebeute

Lamps made from upcycled cardboard by Herrwolke

Telebeute Lichtobjekte is a beautiful 50cm telescope shaped wall lamp made from upcycled cardboard. The light is designed by Michael Konstantin Wolke of Berlin atelier Herrwolke and follows in the footsteps of his Beute series of pendant lamps, also made from strips of used... Read More →
28
APR
2015
Beautiful recycling bins designed by Robert Janson

Beautiful recycling bins by Robert Janson

Back in 2012 we commended Swedish designer Robert Janson on his beautiful jellyfish creations made from plastic bags. In a more recent project, Janson once again fuses together waste and beauty, with a proposal for aesthetically appealing recycling stations. Could these golden... Read More →
12
APR
2015
Art made from upcycled PET bottles by Veronika Richterova

Upcycled plastic bottle creations by Veronika Richterová

Czech artist Veronika Richterová is an aficionado when it comes to the upcycled plastic bottle. Using heat and various methods of technological processing, she has created curious translucent ephemeral sculptures, lighting and installation from recycled plastic PET bottles. Her... Read More →
10
MAR
2015
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Vessels made from pencils by Tuomas Markunpoika

Taking the pencil as symbolic of creativity, art and craft, Amalgamated is a project by Finnish artist Tuomas Markunpoika which examines the pencil as a mass produced tool that serves an individual purpose. These vases are created by gluing one facet of a pencil to another,... Read More →
28
OCT
2014

Repaired wood jewellery by Marcel Dunger

Spotted at Tent London last month, German product designer Marcel Dunger reuses pieces of broken maple wood to create beautiful handmade jewellery. Manufract is comprised of brightly coloured bio resin which is poured into the broken wood and once hardened, made in to... Read More →
19
MAY
2014

Upcycled homeware by Nanawo

Nanawo are a Polish design trio who specialise in upcycling waste objects into household goods. As well as working to commission they have a series of products available to buy on their website including food storage tins made from titanium damper pipe covers, childrens’... Read More →
27
APR
2014
Christopher Raeburn 2014

Upcycled 1950s textile for Christopher Raeburn SS14

The British designer Christopher Raeburn is renowned for creating designer clothes from re-appropriated military fabrics. His spring/summer 2014 collection ‘Sandstorm’ is inspired by the uniform of World War II Commandos of the Long Range Desert Group. As well as... Read More →
08
OCT
2013
Upcycled Vinyl Record Tiles

Tiles cut from vinyl records

A few months ago we blogged about Disc O’Clock’s laser cut vinyls clocks.  They have recently brought out a new product – decorative tiles made from cut records.  Made in Italy, the tiles come in a range of retro style geometric designs and fit together to... Read More →
28
AUG
2013

Bic biro chandeliers by Lucas Munoz

Proving humble objects have more to offer than first meets the eye, these lights and chandeliers are all made from Bic biro pens.  The Spanish designer Lucas Munoz took his inspiration from the 1920’s Charleston fringe and combined it with an iconic 20th-century object... Read More →
19
JUL
2013

Laser cut vinyl record clocks by Disc O’Clock

I have been dubious about the upcycled vinyl record clock, but it looks like Disc O’Clock have a lot more to offer than most. Made in Italy, clocks are crafted from scratched records donated by partner DJs and are intricately laser cut into awesome silhouettes.  Purchase... Read More →
10
JUL
2013

Reet Aus upcycled clothing from pre-consumer waste textile

Reet Aus is an Estonian fashion designer who has carried out doctoral research in creating upcycled clothing on an industrial scale.  Not only has she founded Trash to Trend, a community-cum-digital-platform that seeks to extend the lives of production offcuts, she has also... 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 →
03
JUN
2013

Robots made from obsolete objects by Andrea Petrachi

Robots made from dolls are not usually my thing. In fact, it’s the kind of upcycling that gives me nightmares. However, there is something strangely endearing about these characters by Andrea Petrachi, first spotted on This is Colossal. The Italian artist uses old razors,... Read More →
27
MAR
2013

Furniture made from shredded magazines by Jens Praet

‘Shredded’ is a range of furniture made from shredded Elle Decor magazines by Belgian designer Jens Praet.  With the help of clear resin and moulds, the finished material not only boasts an attractive and unique colour and pattern, but a hardness and durability... Read More →
11
NOV
2012

Man bags made from conveyor belts by Kazmok

Kazmok Industry is a Dutch brand that turns industrial and reused materials into a line of briefcases, trolleys, shoppers, laptop cases, Ipod covers and belts.  The bags are made from former industrial conveyor belts, strong and almost indestructible materials that still carry... Read More →
31
OCT
2012

Garments made from flour sacks by Mayer Peace Collection AW12

The Fall/Winter 2012 collection by Berlin based Mayer. Peace Collection by Christine Mayer is about polarising rough materials with feminine fits.  The company seeks out fabrics that carry a breath of the past with every garment made from recycled textiles such as flour sacks.  ... 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 →