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26
FEB
2013

Lampshades made from recycled yarn

“Ose” is French for “dare”.  Yorkshire based Helen Taylor hand knits her Ose lampshades from pure linen recycled yarn using recycled fibre and pure unbleached silk yarn.  “The yarns are spun by a small company also in Yorkshire.  My ethos is to... Read More →
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10
FEB
2013

Eqo Optics reclaimed skateboard sunglasses

There is a distinct lack of sunshine over London right now so UK readers will have to use some imagination here! Over in Colorado Springs, skateboarding enthusiasts Jon Winfrey and Ryan Vecchiarelli have created Eqo Optics, a company that turns unwanted broken skateboards into... Read More →
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29
JAN
2013

Furniture made from reclaimed wood by Chris Ruhe

Very pleased to discover the work of Chris Ruhe, a Dutch designer who creates optically challenging furniture from reclaimed materials.  He trained as an artisan furniture maker in Amsterdam and started his own atelier in 2005.  In his Ladder-zat-cabinet pictured above, the... Read More →
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18
JAN
2013

Driftwood horse sculptures by Deborah Butterfield

These beautiful driftwood sculptures are by artist Deborah Butterfield who specialises in sculptures of horses made from found materials.  She began her career working with scrap metal and cast bronze in the early 1980s whereby wood was used initially for prototypes to see how... Read More →
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15
JAN
2013

Third Generation Furniture by Jason Fletcher

Jason Fletcher is an industrial designer and recent MA graduate from the University of the Arts, Central Saint Martins in London.  His latest project Third Generation Furniture is concerned with design and resource management – a range of furniture created specifically to... Read More →
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03
JAN
2013

Wood pallet garden

If you have a new year’s resolutions to be more green-fingered, you might be interested in making a pallet garden – ideal for small outdoor spaces.  Find out how to make one on a lovely blog called Life on the Balcony. Images via Life on the Balcony Read More →
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01
JAN
2013

House made from shipping containers and wooden pallets

Manifesto House is by Chilean architects Infiniski, a home made from premade materials that allow for quick, cost effective and sustainable construction.  It’s made from shipping containers and cladded with recycled wooden pallets which provide shade and ventilation.  It... Read More →
20
DEC
2012

Festive greetings in Scrabble letters

It’s all about typography at the moment and there is something particularly appealing about scrabble letters. These Christmas ornaments say it all.  Sold by Etsy seller Shopallthings here. Images via Etsy Read More →
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07
DEC
2012

Vintage furniture sculptures by Azhar Duhovich

From his North London workshop, Azhar Duhovich creates sculptural light structures using wood, metal and reconfigured vintage furniture.  Inspired by Art Deco and Bauhaus with themes of symmetry and geometry, “the resulting objects are both playful and functional… All... Read More →
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10
JUL
2012

Beach house made from repurposed shipping containers

Andrew Anderson has built a home out of re-purposed shipping containers in one of New York’s wealthiest areas, the Hamptons. The Beach Box is made of six modules from New York-based SG Blocks and the interior kitted out with the most cutting edge renewable materials... Read More →
17
MAY
2012

Flocked reclaimed wood furniture by Nic Parnell

Working with the process of electro-static flocking, Nic Parnell transforms pieces of reclaimed wood with an injection of tactile colour.  His collection of interior pieces ‘Outside In’ aspires to bridge the gap between the surreal and the ordinary.  Usually chosen... Read More →
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29
APR
2012

Hand painted chairs from Plümo

Love these upcycled wooden chairs available to buy from Plümo.  They are hand painted in Northern India with vibrant flowers, foliage and birds by local craftspeople on a fairtrade basis. Image via Plümo Read More →
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25
APR
2012

Thailand art studio built from reclaimed boat wood

A massive thank you to good friend (and very talented illustrator) Sophie Crichton for introducing me to Pui Ngowsiri.  Sophie is currently living in Phuket, Thailand and recently came across the fantastic Love Art Studio in Phuket Art Village, Rawai.  This is home and studio to... Read More →
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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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07
MAR
2012

Shipping crate furniture by Boudewijn van den Bosch

BEEmeubels (BEEdesign) is owned by Dutch designer Boudewijn van den Bosch who transforms materials with a previous ‘life’ into stunning furniture. He takes shipping crates used to export coloured glass from the USA to the Netherlands and makes them into unique tables... Read More →
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07
FEB
2012

Reclaimed wood furniture by Richard Keal

Sussex woodworker Richard Keal takes wood sourced from tree surgeons in his local area and transforms it into pieces of furniture.  Inspired by the stories told by the irregularities and bulbous deformities of every branch, he hunts out complementary shapes and hues whilst... Read More →
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24
JAN
2012

Recycled Home book by Mark and Sally Bailey

For fantastic home interior inspiration check out Recycled Home by Mark and Sally Bailey.  This book demonstrates the very best in stylish, modern interiors created from upcycled, reclaimed and vintage objects and materials.  Integral to Baileys Home and Garden is a repair,... Read More →
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02
JAN
2012

Bleu Nature driftwood furniture

Kick start the new year than with some forward thinking, sustainable design. Be sure to take a look at the Autumn/Winter 2012 collection from French company Bleu Nature who make beautiful furniture principally from pieces of driftwood.  The Hekla collection designed by Thomas... Read More →
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16
DEC
2011

Upcycled wood furniture by Sauls Design

Some of the most successful upcycling projects I’ve seen are those that remodel the rich patina of the old into something that can fit perfectly into a contemporary setting.  These tables by Sauls Design do just that.  Freddie Saul launched the company in 2010 after working... Read More →
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10
DEC
2011

Lee Borthwick’s scrap wood sculpture

I first saw the work of Scottish artist Lee Borthwick at Tent London this year and thought her stuff was incredible. She makes stunning sculptures from bits of scrap wood and other materials such as laser cut mirror pieces.  With in an education in Textiles and Surface Design... Read More →
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20
NOV
2011

Reclaimed timber cabinet by Rob Southcott

‘Community’ by industrial designer Rob Southcott is inspired by multiculturalism. The cabinet is made from various species of reclaimed timber taken from one area and is designed to reflect growing diversity in contemporary society.  Image via Rob Southcott Read More →
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04
NOV
2011

Cricket stools made from upcycled cricket bats

If I knew anything about cricket I’m sure there would be a multitude of clever puns for introducing these…  As it happens, turning cricket bats into furniture makes a lot more sense to me than the game itself. Cricket Stools by Pierre Ospina are made entirely from... Read More →
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01
NOV
2011

Wine Cork Portraiture

Scott Gunderson is a Michigan artist who utilizes wine corks to make giant portraits.  The corks are collected in his studio and sorted according to tone and colour.  After drawing the portrait from a photograph he affixes them to the portrait backing.  ‘Grace’... Read More →
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15
OCT
2011

The Stuff of Dreams

Welcome to the imaginarium of Anya Keeley.  This Hereford artist has from a young age collected found objects and ephemera, enticed by the patina that comes only from age and wear.  Incorporating wire work and collaged books and magazines, objects are assembled into whimsical... Read More →
14
OCT
2011

Made of Skateboards

Skater guys and gals will love these.  Thrashion are a Cornwall based company that make handmade jewellery from used, broken skateboards. This necklace was once an Anti Hero skateboard deck and the pendant has been cut to feature the original winged pink graphic.  You can... Read More →
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06
SEP
2011

Driftwood Sculptures by Heather Jansch

Some works of art are simply breathtaking and these driftwood equestrian sculptures certainly belong in that category.  The genius behind them is Heather Jansch from Devon, UK.  Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci and beginning her career as an equestrian painter, she captures the... Read More →
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30
JUL
2011

Jewellery Stands

Just admiring all the beautiful items on Polli which sells sustainable jewellery and homewares, designed and made in Australia.  These jewellery stands are made from locally salvaged timber.  Jungle Stand above is inspired by the work of  Dr Jane Goodall who made ground-breaking... Read More →
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20
JUL
2011

Wooden Box

Many thanks to Inhabitat for the story on Saipua – a charming shop in Brooklyn, New York that sells handmade soaps and flowers.  Architect Jeremy Barbour of Tacklebox demonstrates a fantastic use of reclaimed barn wood, creating a beautiful space that’s part store... Read More →
01
JUL
2011

Dishoom Chowpatty Beach

If you’re heading down to the South Bank this weekend, be sure to check out Dishoom Chowpatty Beach. As part of the Festival of Britain the Covent Garden Indian restaurant Dishoom has opened a Bombay style pop-up cafe outside the South Bank Centre.  The cafe has been... Read More →
26
JUN
2011

Upcycled furniture by Rupert Blanchard

Love this latest work from Rupert Blanchard.  He’s been collecting packaging crates for 10 years and this year decided to do something with the badly damaged ones.  Combined with salvaged Victorian pine floorboards he’s made a superb table and chairs set.  Check out... Read More →
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16
MAY
2011

A wall of doors by Piet Hein Eek

Here, the concept of a feature wall is taken to a whole new level, with something that could be straight out of Alice and Wonderland.  The brains behind this installation of reclaimed doors is Piet Hein Eek who has years of experience making furniture out of scrap materials.  The... Read More →
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15
MAY
2011

Reclaimed wood ornaments by Carol Ridler

It’s hard not to fall for elephants, cats, dogs and bunnies, but there’s no denying these home accessories by Hand Crafted Wood are the ultimate in sustainable English country chic. Designer Carol Ridler lives in an old farming village overlooking the Vale of Belvoir,... Read More →
03
MAY
2011

Reclaimed wood interior at Starbucks

If you ever find yourself in close proximity to 328, 15th Avenue E, Seattle – take a look at the interior of this branch of Starbucks. Whilst sipping a cup of Oolong tea, you can soak up warm and rustic surroundings that have been cleverly constructed from salvaged barn... Read More →