repurposed materials

06
MAR
2017
Renovate Innovate book by Antonia Edwards

Renovate Innovate: Reclaimed and Upcycled Homes book

New homes and interiors book There are many reasons to be joyful about finally entering March 2017. Snowdrops and daffodils are now gracing our London parks with their cheerful presence. Days are slowly but surely getting longer and we can finally come out of hibernation. On top... Read More →
09
FEB
2017
Manoteca book cover

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 →
17
JAN
2017
modern lakeside holiday cabin

Garage renovation turned beautiful cabin on Vashon Island

The creators behind this impressive garage renovation are Graypants, a design collective led by Seth Grizzle and Jonathan Junker, who work from their studios in Seattle and Amsterdam. Renovated in 2013, the award-winning holiday cabin was an architectural debut for Graypants, and... Read More →
08
DEC
2016
White and gold porcelain Christmas jumper decorations best Etsy shops for Christmas

The best Etsy shops for Christmas decorations

There is something about ‘handmade’ that goes so well with Christmas. Perhaps it’s the thought of all those elves in Lapland busy making toys… how do they do it? Best of all, it offers the perfect excuse for anyone with a crafty inclination, to make... 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 →
04
OCT
2016
wooden stool made from recycled plastic bottle joinery

New life for recycled plastic bottles as furniture joinery

Making something useful with discarded plastic drinking bottles is one thing. Reusing them to make something useful AND aesthetically gratifying, is a whole other (much more difficult) ball game. These little stools don’t just look effortlessly cool however, they pioneer a... Read More →
29
SEP
2016
Debris Chair made from ocean waste textile by Carmen V Machado

Chairs made from ocean waste textile

Cockpit Arts is a London-based business incubator for craftspeople at the start of their careers. At this year’s London Design Fair, they presented the marvellous Debris Chair by Carmen V Machado. As part of her MA project at Chelsea College of Art and Design, Carmen... 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 →
14
JUN
2016
Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 installation by Alejandro Aravena

Upcycled waste installation at Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

100 tonnes of waste generated at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2015 was reused for an installation at the 2016 Venice Biennale by Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena. Curating this year’s exhibition and the 15th of its kind, the co-founder of Elemental reused 10,000... Read More →
12
APR
2016
Bentu-Design-recycled-construction-waste

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 →
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 →
17
FEB
2016

Reclaimed wood installations by Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels

Artist Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels is an Australian-American artist living in Brooklyn. The New York art institution Clocktower Productions where Bothwell Fels was former artist-in-residence, describes her work as ‘submerging environments built into existing architecture,... Read More →
03
FEB
2016
Budri-Earthquake-5.9-by-Patricia-Urquiola

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 →
22
JAN
2016
Fallen-Furniture

Plane Industries furniture made from upcycled aeroplane parts

Popular with aeroplane enthusiasts, there’s a whole host of designers looking for ways to reuse material from decommissioned aircrafts. In the beautiful city of Bath, one company getting it right. Plane Industries specialise in crafting unique clocks, lighting, tables,... 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 →
10
NOV
2015
Kyle-Bean

Incredible creations from everyday objects by Kyle Bean

Kyle Bean is an award-winning London based illustrator, director and set designer. From sculptures made from eggshells to tube maps made from drinking straws, he creates playful, concept-driven imagery for editorial and commercial projects, as well as installations for fashion... Read More →