repurposed materials

04
NOV
2015
Susie-MacMurray-Cloud

Cloud by Susie Macmurray made from reclaimed barbed wire

From her Promenade (2010) featuring 105 miles of gold thread to her musical manuscript installation Resonance (2013), we continue to be amazed by Susie MacMurray‘s creations. For Cloud (2015) at The Great Hall, Winchester, MacMurray’s latest installation is made from... Read More →
26
OCT
2015
Scott-McMillin

Art from reclaimed car parts by Scott McMillin

California mixed media artist Scott McMillin chops up reclaimed car parts to create geometric works of art. Scrap metal from cars is cut into squares and rectangles and assembled like a jigsaw puzzle to create textural wall sculptures, some of which closely resemble paintings by... Read More →
06
OCT
2015
Angela-Mathis

Upcycled money upholstery by Angela Mathis

The idea of upcycled money may seem paradoxical, but Angela Mathis isn’t the first to make art out of cold hard cash in order to play with our perception of value (see this post on Justine Smith). This Swiss-born/London-based designer however takes the reuse of currency to... Read More →
25
SEP
2015

Prairie King by Stuart Haygarth

Stuart Haygarth was one of the first artists we featured on Upcyclist, along with his reconfigured collections of found objects, transformed into stunning chandeliers. A more recent piece from 2014 is Prairie King, which is based on a body of work inspired by the concept of play.... 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 →
11
AUG
2015
Brothers Dressler

Wood offcuts for Lululemon storefront by Brothers Dressler

Brothers Dressler are a design duo based in Toronto specialising in one-of-a-kind production. The brothers work on projects ranging from furniture and lighting to special commissions, with a commitment to using found, reclaimed and locally sourced materials. “Ou... Read More →
15
JUL
2015
SerpentSea mats made-from-upcycled-ropes

Accessories made from recycled marine rope by SerpentSea

Serpent Sea was founded by New Yorker Sophie Aschauer in 2011. After a sailing trip to Nantucket, she began to make colourful mats out of recycled marine rope. Using ropes that showed no signs of wear, she weaves the mats using four kinds of knot called Bonny, Drake, Morgan and... Read More →
13
MAY
2015
karen-ryan-second-hand-upcycled-everyday-objects

Art from upcycled everyday objects by Karen Ryan

Unwanted junk is the medium of choice for British designer Karen Ryan, who graduated from the RCA in 2001. She first encountered raw materials such as broken televisions and abandoned furniture in a long alleyway behind her grandmother’s flat. Seeing furniture from her... Read More →
05
MAY
2015
Art made from upcycled maps by Matthew Cusick

Seascape art made from upcycled maps by Matthew Cusick

We return to the work of Matthew Cusick, an American artist who has created a visual vocabulary using cut out maps from atlases and books. Previously we featured some of his portraits and cityscapes, also made from upcycled maps. Another subject favoured by Cusick is the... Read More →
20
APR
2015
Daylight portrait made from upcycled film negatives by Nick Gentry

Portraits made from film negatives by Nick Gentry

A while back we featured Nick Gentry‘s ethereal portraits painted on to floppy disks and film negatives. Nick Gentry is inspired by the evolution of consumerism, technology, identity and cyber culture. The British artist continues to create fascinating works of art made... 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 →
05
APR
2015
Multiplasticas lighting sculpture made from upcycled plastic trash by Brunno Jahara

Lamps made from litter by Brunno Jahara

These intriguing functional works of art are made from litter collected by the National Recycling Group in São Paulo, Brazil. Brunno Jahara is the talent behind the vividly coloured lamps and vessels which he produced in 2012. His aim was to draw attention to the amount of... Read More →
07
JAN
2015

New Hotel Athens by Campana Brothers

Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana are renowned for  their reuse and re-appropriation to make furniture and interiors. Since launching in 1983 they have built an international reputation with works founded on the principles of reinvention an... Read More →
16
DEC
2014
anthropologie-holiday-window

Anthropologie upcycled Christmas windows

Anthropologie opened their first store in Pennsylvania in 1992 and are renowned worldwide for their stunning window displays. These creations are mostly made from humble, recycled and repurposed materials by 190 display artists. Here are a few winter themed favourites from over... Read More →
06
DEC
2014
nudie-jeans-camper-detail

Homeware made from upcycled jeans by Nudie

Swedish company Nudie Jeans have upcycled 2700 pairs of old, worn out jeans into limited edition rugs and camper seats. The In-and-Out Seam Camper Seat was inspired by Sweden’s love of camping and is made from the in-and-out seam from nine pairs of jeans. The Rag Rug is... Read More →
09
JUN
2014

Lighting made from reblown glass bottles by Studio Swine

The São Paulo Collection by Studio Swine is a range of lighting and furniture inspired by the Brazilian tropical modernism of the 1950s. They have created bottle bulbs for the lighting pieces which are made from beverage bottles that have been heated and re-blown into an eclectic... Read More →