Conectaballs is gaining attention and taking the world by storm! It is both a puzzle and a building toy. It can be connected in virtually unlimited combinations to create numerous geometric figures, such as pyramids, cubes, and various free-form multi dimensional structures. Conectaballs is already being used in math summer camps and schools to supplement the curriculums with a fun and educational puzzle!
Conectaball’s beauty is in its simplicity – eight balls join together on a string to allow endless possibilities.
Conectaballs is a wooden puzzle toy by Leo Bragdinsky. Leo is an avid skier, kayaker, mountain biker, basically an adrenalin junkie! In his spare time, Leo is a software engineer, with a love of mathematics and the beauty of well designed code. When he is not climbing mountains, Leo also enjoys teaching children how to code. While playing with his own daughter, Leo discovered that his love of mathematics and toys could be combined..hence Conectaballs was invented. By using the area of mathematics called Graph Theory Leo created Conectaballs to intrigue adults and children alike. They became so addictive, his friends wouldn’t return his prototypes! Playing with Conectballs for a short period of time, is like eating only one chip, it is just not possible!
Styled after the ordinary brown paper bag.
Handmade in Brooklyn reclaimed fabric cloud pillow. On ETSY
Upcycled old toys sofa / lounge couch by Dan Kennel. Looks very comfortable.
Hand kranked + solar powered radio by Kikkerland:
Great way to save space and reuse/store old magazines:
Avoska, translated as “just in case” is a Russian net bag. Avoska collapses to fit inside your fist and expands to hold 12 grapefruits. It is easy to wash and boxes edges do not rip it’s threads. Best of all, it prevents plastic bags from gathering in your kitchen corner or the world’s landfills. With the popularization of plastic bags after the 90’s (after the fall of Soviet Union) avoska bags gradually went into disuse in Russia.
Above: Russia 1959. People carrying avoska bags. Photo: Carl Mydans.
Contemporary Russian folklore: Once upon a time in Russia there lived a simple little net bag - Avoska. Everyone loved her. People took her with them everywhere - to the store, farmers market and even birthdays. But then….plastic bags came and people forgot about Avoska. To see what happens next watch this really adorable 3 minute film on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/avoska
Above: Boy hugging avoska bag from short “Avoska” film (See above)
Read blog dedicated to Avoski: http://avoski.livejournal.com/more →
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.
“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
Antonello Fuse coat hangers made from old recycled chair backs.
at Cog & Pearl in Park Slope, Brooklyn
Bags from reclaimed tractor inner tubes by Chicago based company Defy Bags. Old materials. New ideas.
Above: Ben Edwards and Juliet Moore
Made from discarded wood from various sources. Sanded and finished with linseed oil, putty and wax.
This LED chandelier by Yoon Bahk is made from recycled wine and champagne bottles. Rescued bottles were hand washed and polished. A unit from single bottle can be hung by itself. Yoon Bahk believes that green design should be an idea and not a look.
I found this great design in a book called 1000 New Eco Designs:
Pillows from recycled old wool sweaters, jackets or shirts. (Image from Katy Elliott)
Sofa cover from reused jeans fabric. (Image from Design Milk)
This mug by lenni08 reminds me of where I grew up. There are many birch trees in Russia — it’s considered the national tree.
This necklace made of birch bark by bettula is inspired by the discarded and unusual. You don’t have to think very hard to figure out which tree is my favorite.
When I was growing up, people in Russia did not have a lot of money to buy new wares, so they made belongings out of other objects. To this day I think it is pretty cool to see objects and materials being reused, like this rotating bike wheel pot rack by plaidclad
These beautiful and valuable bits and pieces almost disappeared into the garbage pile forever! Get inspired to recycle by the digit recycled leather necklace by mainichi and shift key typewriter vintage pendant necklace by PreciousPastimes.
This neglected dresser was salvaged and restored by rubyrhino1 and made into a vintage masterpiece. It reminds me of our summer dacha in Russia.
Read full Design Squish guest Curator post on Etsy:
Nature inspired hand printed ants design pillow with organic eco-cotton insert by Bailey Doesn’t Bark. Not for people who hate ants in their bed or coffee mug:
Wear this if you absolutely love ants:
I am drawn to comfortable, soft accessories from reclaimed materials.
Slippers made from recycled, felted 100% lambswool sweater and recycled leather by Wooly Baby as well as this upcycled slouch bag made from the sleeves of a mens wool dress coat by Betsy & Bess...
Paper made out of sheep poo. I personally touched it and it is very very soft.
Cafe America is an upcycled galvanized steel chain-link chair with stainless steel rod and fasteners by Grain. The chair flat-packs for efficient shipping and storage. Handmade in the Pacific Northwest, USA.
VerTerra’s disposable tableware is a great alternative to plastic and paper plates. It is made from fallen palm leaves and water only and biodegrades naturally within two months.
Black Pine Books makes these beautiful high-quality, affordable alternatives to more mass-produced journals. Recycled papers are utilized when possible and all items are entirely hand-made.
Moss and Khaki notebooks are made from recycled paper and have light gray paper( 80 pages). They are saddle-stitched (also known as staple-bound)
The Dusk (Navy) journals have hand-sewn binding, heavy dark blue cover stock and the inside has a narrow-ruled, blue lined paper (80 pages). Comes with the option of a hand-made band, which helps keep the book flat when not in use.
LED lamp by Brooklyn based designer Stanley Ruiz, inspired by fabrication techniques of indigenous peoples. An energy efficient LED strip is encased in felt, taking advantage of felt’s quality of being a fire-retardant material.
The lamp was designed to reduce a task lamp to its bare essential- reducing the components and eliminating the use of complex machinery in production.
Reusing plastic and wooden shipping crates as shelves and drawers.
Above: Apple crates from Bailey’s Home and Garden
Reusing plastic crates as chairs and coffee tables.
Reusing shipping crates as baskets for bikes.
Above: Bike photographs from Bakfiets en Meer blog - City Cycling News and Opinions from Amsterdam.
Above: Shipping crate as bike basket. Image from Toronto bike blog - Globe Revolution - Inspiring Everyone to a Cycling Lifestyle
Above: Chairs by StudioMama