SEA CHAIR

Sea Chair made from plastic waste collected from the ocean, design squish blog

Sea Chair made from plastic waste collected from the ocean, design squish blog

Sea Chair is made entirely from plastic waste collected from the ocean.


April 05, 2013

COFFEE CUP BOOKS

reclaimed coffee cup notebooks, new york city, design squish blog

reclaimed coffee cup notebooks, new york city, design squish blog

Reclaimed paper coffee cup notebooks by Christin Ripley


August 19, 2012

RAG RUG

handmade in brooklyn, rag rug, design squish blog

handmade in brooklyn, rag rug, design squish blog

Handwoven in Brooklyn from found and reclaimed fabric. 


July 24, 2012

ORGANIC AND MINIMAL

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glass drop lamp, design squish blog

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scott burton, rock chair, design squish blog

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serpentine chair, eleonore nalet, design squish blog

 


serpentine chair, design squish blog

Chair by Afteroom, Glass Drop lamp by Artilleriet, Rock Chairs by Scott Burton, Serpentine chair by Eleonore Nalet.


July 23, 2012

RE-LOVE

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Re-Love  is a project by MAEZM.“Most clothes and chairs used in the past were collected by the artists and other relevant parties. It was designed based on a new method using objects in which memories remain and original function gone.  The discarded chair once again becomes a comfortable sofa with clothes on top. Clothes are what enable the chair to play its part. This is also understood as one’s own past. As clothes are tangled, memories can be tied up to create a new love. To love the things again means to add another function to them. To love the things again means to add another function to them”

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“To love the things again here needs be distinguished from recycling. Though the old and ragged chair in my room will gradually lose a great deal of its original function, it will hold prevalent value over other new ones through the time and space shared with me. This chair may carry an image of myself on it, stretching leg to the floor, or elaborately cherish a reminiscence of a time when I conversed with someone.
Sharing of such time and memory is also a matter of intimacy between me and the thing. However, regrettably enough, we repeatedly replace the thing for a new ‘goods’ unconsciously in pursuit of the ‘function’ it provides. The relationship between a thing and people should be understood as an expression of
‘self love’ on oneself as a result rather than personifying a thing. The intention is that the act of loving a thing again is engraved as love of one self about the time and space, and such love be proposed as methodology through ‘RE_LOVE’ “


May 11, 2012

MY FAVORITE LITTLE GREEN BAG

avoska, russian net bag, design squish blog

“Long before the green-minded hip began toting these fishnet shopping sacks whilst touring organic foodmarts, the USSR had developed the archetype — the amazing avoska. Extremely long lines were commonplace and a score of good groceries was rare, so avoskas were essential, with their magical capability to collapse, unfold, and hold stockpile-bound bounties. Image Courtesy Michael Idov.” from Made in Russia: Unsung Icons of Soviet Design

avoska, russian net bag, tote, design squish blog

- http://www.blog.designsquish.com/avoska-russian-net-bag/

- http://pinterest.com/designsquish/russia/


October 19, 2011

AVOSKA - RUSSIAN NET BAG

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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.

avoska, russia, street, design squish blog

people carrying avoska bags, russia, design squish blog

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

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Above: Boy hugging avoska bag from short “Avoska” film (See above)

Read blog dedicated to Avoski:  http://avoski.livejournal.com/

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June 07, 2011

ALL I NEED IS A LUNCH BOX

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All I need is a thermos and a tin/aluminum lunch box.

vintage lunch box, design squish blog

“Today, lunch boxes are generally made of vinyl, with foam insulation, and an aluminum/vinyl interior. As a result, they’re usually much better at retaining their temperature but are less rigid and protective.  Health concerns came to light in August 2002, when the Center for Environmental Health discovered that many popular vinyl lunch boxes contained dangerously high levels of lead..”.- from Wikipedia

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Ready to say goodbye to plastic bags and other plastic food containers???
Stainless steel “Eco Lunch Box”:

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lunch box, design squish blog


May 01, 2011

ANOTHER VERTICAL GARDEN

vertical garden, parking, barcelona spain, designsquish

Vertical garden in Barcelona, Spain.


March 26, 2011

100 CHAIRS IN 100 DAYS

chair redesign, found objects, design squish blog

chair redesign, found objects,design squish blog

chair redesign, found objects, design squish blog

chair redesign, found objects,design squish blog chair redesign, found objects, design squish blog

chair redesign, found objects, design squish blog

chair redesign, found objects, design squish blog

chair redesign, found objects, design squish blog

chair redesign, found objects, design squish blog

chair redesign, found objects, design squish blog

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.


February 05, 2011

MEET “VLADIMIR”, THE SHIPPING PALLET MIRROR

karl zahn, upcycled shipping pallet mirror, pallet redesign, design squish blog

“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

karl zahn, upcycled shipping pallet mirror, pallet redesign,design squish blog

karl zahn, upcycled shipping pallet mirror, pallet redesign,design squish blog

karl zahn, upcycled shipping pallet mirror, pallet redesign, design squish blog


December 19, 2010

BAGS FROM RECLAIMED TRACTOR INNER TUBES

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Bags from reclaimed tractor inner tubes by Chicago based company Defy Bags. Old materials. New ideas.

http://www.defybags.com


November 19, 2010

LED UPCYCLED BOTTLE CHANDELIER BY YOON BAHK

upcycled bottles chandelier, yoon bahk, design squish blog

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:

1000 eco friendly designs, bookk, design squish blog


October 03, 2010

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