repurposed materials

23
NOV
2012

Reclaimed signage by Tom Fruin for Brooklyn’s Wythe Hotel

Found signage is made into new signage for the very cool Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn.  The ‘Hotel’ sign is by artist Tom Fruin who often uses found or discarded objects and materials in his work.  He also created a piece for the outside of the hotel – Watertower,... Read More →
22
NOV
2012

Art made from toilet rolls

You wouldn’t let the Andrex puppy into this art gallery. Trans-layers I and Trans-layers II are beautiful art installations made from the humble toilet roll by Hamburg based Turkish artist  Sakir Gökcebag, with surprisingly majestic results. Gökcebag frequently uses... Read More →
21
NOV
2012

Bags made from tent textiles

Love these products by Field Aesthetic Manufacturing Co made from upcycled military tents.  The upcycled unisex bags can adjust into a shoulder strap or back pack. The handmade, water resistant apron has an adjustable leather neck and waist strap along with a bib, dual waist... Read More →
20
NOV
2012

Sculpture built from recycled computer parts by Babis Panagiotidis

Hedonism(y) Trojaner is a sculpture by Germany-based artist Babis Panagiotidis, a modern day Trojan horse made from recycled computer keys and cables. Just like the Trojan horse in Greek mythology, the sculpture reminds us that technology is something which appears to have... Read More →
16
NOV
2012

Billboards turned into urban gardens

Stephen Glassman of Urban Air believes billboards could be turned into lush bamboo sky gardens.  He has designed all the elements of a unique system which boasts water misting and climate monitoring capabilities.  Glassman has collaborated with Arup engineering and billboard... Read More →
06
NOV
2012

Pet beds made from upcycled iMac monitors

These cats look right at home in these upcycled iMac pet beds – another brilliant creation from Atomic Attic.  They have reused the entire iMac including the original speakers which are placed at the rear to prevent the bed from rocking.   They come with a removable machine... Read More →
05
NOV
2012

Jewellery made from bottle tops and biros by Plastic Seconds

Plastic Seconds is a playful range of limited edition jewellery that’ll get you noticed.   Designed by Maria Papadimitriou, all the materials used are found objects such as biro lids, lego and plastic bottle tops that cannot be recycled.  Check out more of her amazing work... Read More →
03
NOV
2012

Thousands of bottle caps decorate a house in Eastern Russia

Olga Kostina is a resourceful Russian pensioner from the village of Kamarchaga in the Siberian Taiga.  Using 30,000 bottle caps, she has adorned her home in murals depicting traditional motifs and woodland creatures.  She uses a textile technique called Macrame to fabricate the... Read More →
26
OCT
2012

Tiger sculpture built from reclaimed timber

This amazing sculpture was built by the incredibly talented Gábor Miklós Szőke out of reclaimed timber as part of the Hello Wood art camp in Hungary. 200 architects, designers and makers made projects for eight different Hungarian communities based on the socio-economic concerns... Read More →
25
OCT
2012

Reclaimed fabric toy characters by Katkaland

Katkaland is the playground of Katka Hubacek from Quebec, Canada. These wonderful handmade creatures are influenced by a childhood spent drawing princesses, dressing her doll Blanka and feeding her imaginary animals. Her education in Scenography and Costume Studies provided an... 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 →
17
OCT
2012

Fashion items crafted from old t-shirts by Nunalab

  Nunalab is the brainchild of Ursula Alvarez and Mariela Bazan.  Their collection of fashion and home accessories are handmade by more than seventy Peruvian artisans using upcycled cotton jersey collected from t-shirt factories around Lima.  They work with small strips of... Read More →
16
OCT
2012

Reclaimed fireproof trousers for Christopher Raeburn AW12 collection

The Christopher Ræburn label was launched in 2008 and became known for garments made from re-appropriated military fabrics, proudly ‘Remade in England’.   For AW12 the new Scorch/Freeze collection includes hero garments made from re-appropriated fireproof fireman’s trousers... Read More →
13
OCT
2012

Jewellery made from cherry pips by Studio Tord Boontje

Further findings from the Shoreditch Design Triangle at last month’s London Design Festival include the lovely Cherry Rocks jewellery collection which were on display at Studio Tord Boontje.  These chains of cherry pips are combined with Swarovski crystals to be worn around... Read More →
11
OCT
2012

Cloud art installation made from lightbulbs

CLOUD is a large-scale interactive installation by Caitlind Brown for Nuit Blanche Calgary. The project was made using more than 5000 illuminated and burnt out light bulbs.  Viewers were invited to participate in the installation by standing underneath and pulling the metal... Read More →
09
OCT
2012

Classical cabinet adorned with thousands of dominos

The Super Design Gallery at last month’s Super Brands London  featured a selection of items that demonstrated some supreme international design talent. Dominocabinet Number 5 (above) is by Dutch designers Atelier Schelling & Borsboom, a limited edition of six which took... Read More →