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18
AUG
2014

Bottletop SS14 collaboration with Narciso Rodriguez

British fashion label Bottletop have come a long way since we last blogged about them. Not only have they brought out some fabulous new pieces for Spring/Summer 2014, this year they also collaborated with Narciso Rodriguez who has designed handbags using the brand’s... Read More →
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20
JAN
2013

Jewellery crafted from Cambodian landmines

Jewellery company Saught works with Cambodian artisans to make earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets from scrap metal left by landmines.  The Singapore-based business works in partnership with Italian NGO Fileo Development Organisation, offering three lines of socially... Read More →
06
JAN
2013

Bug sculptures made from watch parts

Even if you’re not a massive fan of creepy crawlies, it’s hard not to appreciate the skill behind these sculptural creations by Chicago based jeweller Justin Gershenson-Gates.  As well as these insect and arthropod sculptures made from recycled watch parts and light... Read More →
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16
DEC
2012

Stars made from upcycled soda cans

We’re loving these Christmas ornaments made of upcycled soda cans by Etsy member Lizard Skins – a great way to introduce some colour to your home this Christmas. Hanging stars are made from all sorts of recycled packaging from Diet Cheerwine to Youngs Double Chocolate... Read More →
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04
DEC
2012

Industrial chic lighting made from repurposed copper tubing

For an interesting twist on decadent dining, check out this oil lamp candelabra by UK lighting designer Edward Hodgson Design – new for 2012.   It features two burners with oil chambers suspended beneath ceramic wick holders.  It’s made from Yorkshire joints and... Read More →
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25
JUN
2012

Bags made from recycled ring-pulls by Bottletop

Bottletop began in 2002 when Cameron Saul developed a wire frame handbag made from recycled bottle tops in Uganda  with his father Roger (Founder of Mulberry).  They launched it through the luxury British fashion house with a photographic series by iconic British photographer... Read More →
13
APR
2012

Furniture made from reclaimed materials by Shiner International

Joe Manus is the brains behind Shiner International, a name that derives from the black eye he acquired aged 7. Having earned a reputation designing high end boutiques and nightclubs in Atlanta, USA he launched his first collection of modern, eco-friendly furnishings.  All... Read More →
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03
APR
2012

Skeleton upcycled lampshades by Donna Walker

These fabulous Skeleton Lampshades are by British design Donna Walker.  She strips back the fabric from existing lampshades to reveal the original craftsmanship of the wire frames.  Other unique pieces in her collection include include Irony.  An ironing board, predominantly seen... 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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26
FEB
2012

Watches made from parts of the Titanic by Romain Jerome

Swiss watch maker Romain Jerome takes owning ‘a piece of history’ to new heights with watches that contain original elements recovered from the hull of the Titanic.  Forged with steel which has been salvaged from the depths of the Atlantic, he uses a unique... Read More →
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09
FEB
2012

Jewellery made from found objects by Poppy Jasper

Poppy Jasper is unique jewellery made from found objects, recycled and antique pieces sourced from souks, vintage stores and flea markets.  Much of Jill’s inspiration is taken from the local handmade crafts seen on her travels around Asia, India, Europe and the Middle East,... Read More →
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29
JAN
2012

Industrial lighting by Edward Hodgson Design

These slimline and elegant interior lights are by UK based Edward Hodgson Design.  They’re made from yorkshire joints and compression fittings combined with arcs formed from 8mm copper tubing.  A cold cathode tube emits soft clean light. The Arc collection includes a wall,... Read More →
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18
JAN
2012

Jewellery made from biscuit tins by Kate Hamilton-Hunter

Loving the work of jeweller Kate Hamilton- Hunter who makes necklaces, earrings and bracelets from recycled metals at her studio on the coast of North Wales.  Her first designs were fashioned from old patterned biscuit, sweet and toffee tins.  She also incorporates silver,... Read More →
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16
JAN
2012

Waste People sculpture by H A Schult

It’s taken me this long to discover the work of artist H A Schult.  Surprising given the extent to which his ‘Trash People’ have made their way to virtually every corner of the globe.  A representation of our wasteful society, Schult’s army of sculptures... Read More →
30
DEC
2011

Sculpture made from wire hangers by David Mach

Ever find yourself wondering what to do with those useless wire coat hangers you get from the dry cleaners?  Scottish sculptor David Mach puts them to extremely good use by creating incredible giant sculptures out of them.  Other ‘found art’ objects used in his work... Read More →
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18
DEC
2011

Upcycled musical instruments on Scrapheap Orchestra

Upcyclists of scrapyard treasure would have been particularly interested in a programme aired on BBC Four last weekend ‘ Scrapheap Orchestra.’  This documented the story of the BBC Concert Orchestra who were challenged to play Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture at the... Read More →
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12
DEC
2011

Lexus creates high fashion from car parts

Lady Gaga may have a lot to answer for, but here’s a bit of new ground she’s yet to break.  Hats off to Lexus for highlighting beautiful recycling with the Lexus Fashion Workshop.  They challenged four designers to re-engineer car parts from the CT hybrid (a vehicle... Read More →
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17
NOV
2011

Brian Mock sculpture made from scrap

Brian Mock from Portland, Oregon makes art crafted from found and recycled materials.  His collection includes fish, robots, cars, ‘human-ish’ sculptures and my personal favourite – the dogs.  Here he manages to capture their natural poise perfectly, using just... 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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11
AUG
2011

Animal Instinct

This is ‘Cheetah’ by Andrew Chase from Salt Lake City, Utah.  This beautiful, fully articulated cheetah weighs about 23kg and is constructed out of electrical conduit, auto transmission parts, 20-gauge steel and random parts found in an industrial salvage yard. ... Read More →
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08
AUG
2011

Industrial Chic

Doug Meyer lives and works in the rusty belt of northeast Ohio.  He is a trained welder who constructs unique home furnishings out of found objects.  His artwork Rustbelt Rebirth comprises scrapped bicycles made into tables and stools as well as wheelchairs and shopping carts... Read More →
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14
JUL
2011

Craft Central Recycles

This week I ventured to Farringdon for the Craft Central Recycles exhibition.  Above is a particular favourite – bottle top jewellery by Alessandra Rigillo.  She also incorporates bits of scrap plumbing into her work – a wonderful contrast to the sparkling jewels. ... Read More →
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13
JUL
2011

Merveilleux

How beautiful are these? If anyone saw the teapot light that featured on this season’s Apprentice – I’m sure you’ll agree these are streets ahead.  These stunning upcycled lights are made from discarded pots, pans and kettles by French artist Gilles... Read More →
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08
JUL
2011

Heinz Lamp

Beanz Meanz Heinz, which also meanz the birth of an iconic lampshade.  The British classic has been immortalised by Willem Heeffer with pendant lampshades made from recycled industrial size cans.  Available to buy through Willem Heefer. 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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24
MAY
2011

Washer Woman

From tool box to jewellery box – Additions is a range of contemporary jewellery made from recycled washers and hardware – perfect for ladies who love a bit of industrial chic. Take a look at the full range on Etsy here.  Image via Etsy Read More →
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