Scrapwood furniture by Dutch designer, Piet Hein Eek:
DIY chairs from around the world.
Do-it-yourself beach tents. Black Sea, Russia 1970’s. All you have to do is pack a sheet and find some driftwood when you get there.
French designer Ariane Prin has been working on a project called “From Here for Here” as a part of her master’s program at the Royal College of Art. This project produces pencils sustainably by using waste from various departments of the school with the goal of supplying drawing tools for students. Each pencil has a center filled with graphite from the glass department, and its body comprised of sawdust from the wood workshop, clay from the ceramic department, and flour from the cafeteria. Watch a video on how these pencils were made on DesignBoom
Above: DIY wooden toy car
Above: DIY scarecrow
Above: DIY sleds
Above: DIY bird feeder
Above: DIY stool
Above: DIY bench
Great way to save space and reuse/store old magazines:
Space saving invisible bookshelves. Minimal and simple! Book on the bottom acts as support for every other book on top.
Image above: http://www.bloom-magazine.eu
Place flower between 2 sheets of paper to protect the pages of the book. Leave at least 1/8” of pages between pressings, weigh the book down and wait a couple of weeks.
Jar lamp by UpCycle. This lamp is made from re-using Avoca glass jar. A hole is drilled in the cap and a lamp fitting is offered through.
Bike chain wall clock by Andreas Dober.
Book shelves made of plumbing pipes:
DIY Panton Chair by Peter Jakubik incites users to make their own original fake famous chair designed by Verner Panton. All what you need is a picture of Panton chair, found log, DIY tools and passion for designer classics.
Great blog from Vancouver, BC - http://www.old-chum.com/
REVISITED is an independent design collective based in Brooklyn, New York City.
Revisited makes pillow cases from old shirts found mostly in thrift stores.“While seeing those hundreds of shirts waiting to be tried on we knew we wanted to make something out of them, something new. Many of them were too big or simply had an outdated shape. We selected the best fabrics, interesting structures in natural blends and were ready to rework them” - R
I love this extra shabby, homemade wardrobe. Found on http://www.kabinettandkammer.com/
“A picture of a house is taken before its demolition. A sofa is built from the building rubble of the house. The sofa is a portrait of the house in design and colours. The framed photo is hanging above the sofa” - Michael Sailstorfer
Gamper Martino has been collecting discarded old/broken chairs from London streets over a period of two years and then spending 100 days reconfiguring the design of each in an attempt to transform its character and function.
I have a bunch of dead light bulbs that are waiting to be recycled. While they are waiting they can be turned into beautiful art! P.S (Keep away from children) Read about it on Family Chic: http://cfabbridesigns.com
Note from ehow: A simple household light bulb can be deceptively difficult to recycle. Some light bulbs feature filaments and other parts made of mercury, contributing to the inclusion of toxins in the environment. You should collect all of your light bulbs and recycle them.
What to do with old books? Crazy book origami. Via: Unconsumption
Stump stools by the Cumulus Project.
(The wood for these three stools was harvested from a fallen maple tree)
“Log Stools” by Kevin Heisner.
P.S (It is better than bad it is good!)
A chest of drawers made from old suitcases.
“Vladimir” or “Pallet Mirror” by Karl Zahn is made using two partially destroyed shipping pallets. “The scars on the lumber tell a story of its travels. While the form is reminiscent of old victorian french mirrors, its origin is far from gold leaf” -Karl Zahn
Parquet Table by Bouf. Easy shipping and assembly. Good design but also great do-it-yourself idea…...
Moss terrariums are fun and easy to create and maintain. Decorate your moss terrariums with precious stones and twigs you find. Above are do-it-yourself moss terrariums created with vintage listerine bottles found on Bottle Beach, Brooklyn and moss from Upstate New York. Bottle Beach is a great place to find old bottles. If you are not afraid to dig through Brooklyn’s vintage garbage:
“Keep the moisture in. The moss will use the CO2 provided by the decomposing and dead plants in the soil. Sometimes, there’s algae and seeds from other plants in the mini-ecosystem, which will overgrow the moss over time [...] Seal the jar off completely making sure, that there’s enough moisture in it. Try to supply the jars with enough light without exposing them to direct sunlight”
- from experienced moss terrarium owner, Henry K Miller
You can always use old wine bottles and jars, or buy ready-made moss terrariums. Below: Moss terrariums at Cog and Pearl.
Antonello Fuse coat hangers made from old recycled chair backs.