repurposed materials

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 →
11
MAY
2014

Upcycling by Athens collective Kollektivemind*

Kollektivemind* are an Athens based design team specialising in architectural research and implementation. Projects such as Argallios (loom) pictured above explore the potential of reuse and upcycling. Argallios took place at a primary school on the island of Crete and made use... Read More →
21
APR
2014

Sculpture from discarded paper cups by Lisa Hoke

Lisa Hoke‘s fascinating sculptures and installations are made from discarded paper and card, paper cups and household goods. Combined, the sprawling clusters of waste looks like blooming flowers and organic formations, highlighting the beauty in the colourful consumer... 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 →
14
MAR
2014

Art from dissected books by Alexander Korzer-Robinson

Alexander Korzer-Robinson is a UK based artist who creates beautiful book sculptures using cut out images from old encyclopaedias and books. His work contains narratives that try to explore and deconstruct nostalgia, creating what he describes as our ‘inner... Read More →
03
FEB
2014

Upcycled interiors at Hamburg’s Superbude Hotel

These spaces in the Superbude Hotel-Hostel in Hamburg were designed by German design firm Dreimeta.   The listed building was once a Deutche Post switching centre and one of the core principles of Dreimeta’s design was to incorporate typical local everyday items and... Read More →
06
JAN
2014

Lampshades made from x-rays

This lampshade made from x-ray film was a school assignment by Swedish graphic designer Sture Pallarp in collaboration with Elin Hedlund and Emmelie Karlström.  Taking x-ray sheets that would otherwise be thrown away, the design plays with the concept of viewing anatomical data... Read More →
02
JAN
2014

John Lewis Christmas 2013 window display

Before it gets taken down, Londoners should make sure they check out this years Christmas window display at John Lewis on Oxford Street and the Peter Jones branch at Sloane Square.  The display by Chameleon Visual Ltd includes Arctic hares, bears, squirrels and penguins all made... Read More →
27
DEC
2013

Packaging tape art by Mark Khaisman

These images are created with layers of packaging tape.  The artist Mark Khaisman puts the tape onto a clear backlit acrylic panels which gives the effect of red room film development.  He carefully applies and removes parts of it to create varying levels of opacity and reveal... Read More →
17
DEC
2013
Amish Barn Star

Amish Metal Barn Star

These beautiful metal barn stars are made by Amish communities in America using traditional methods.  Believed to bring good luck, they are made from reclaimed tin salvaged from old farm buildings.  Purchase for £37 from Not on the High Street here.   Images via Not on the... Read More →
03
DEC
2013

Suitcase furniture by Maarten De Ceulaer

Loving this beautiful work from Belgian designer Maarten De Ceulaer. Perhaps more repurposing than upcycling i.e. reconfiguring suitcases into furniture, but very smartly done nonetheless. Desk of Suitcases (pictured above) from The Leather Collection is made from suitcases and... Read More →
20
NOV
2013

Light installations made from waste at the Lumiere Festival

Last week the incredible Lumiere Festival lit up the city of Durham, UK.  The festival showcased stunning light installations by artists from all over the world. One of the works on show was Litre of Light by My Shelter Foundation, a Filipino charity that has brought light to... Read More →
31
OCT
2013

Musical manuscript art installation by Susie Macmurray

This summer, Susie MacMurray exhibited a new work at Fabrica gallery in Brighton, UK.  ‘Resonance’ is made up of thousands of musical manuscripts ranging from traditional hymns to modern jazz which are suspended from the ceiling of the gallery which used to be a... Read More →
28
OCT
2013
Two dog sculptures made from antique lace by textile artist Donya Coward

Textile terrier sculptures by Donya Coward

A while ago we featured the work of Nottingham artist Donya Coward who makes work of art from Victorian antique embroideries, fabrics and haberdashery and vintage Nottingham and French laces.  We couldn’t resist sharing these adorable freestanding Jack Russell Terriers.  As... Read More →
21
OCT
2013

Jelly mould scented candle by Ines Cole

Simple and unique  – we love this scented candle by Ines Cole made from a vintage jelly mould. The mould is hand poured with organic soya wax and lightly scented with natural essential oils in Limeleaf and Ginger.  It can also be hand washed and used as a jelly mould after... Read More →
17
OCT
2013

Reclaimed car windscreen art by Brian Smallwood

Brian Smallwood is a Nottingham artist who reclaims car windscreens and turns them into works of art.  Over a million windscreens are scrapped each year.  Smallwood purchases them from eBay and scrap dealers before cleaning them up and painting on to them with acrylics – an... Read More →