Sea Chair is made entirely from plastic waste collected from the ocean.
“I’m a builder, a fixer, and a do-it-myselfer. My favorite things in life are big tools, old wood, good pasta, and finding great materials in a dumpster. I grew up in California, and blindly moved to New York seven years ago when I was accepted into art school for sculpture. I instantly fell in love with the grungy part of Brooklyn, and within a month, we had moved into Bedstuy. I have lived in the same apartment for five years now, which has given me plenty of time to slowly “fix” a few things around the house: de-carpet stairways, tile in kitchen… you name it!” - Ariele Alasko
Handmade in Brooklyn reclaimed fabric cloud pillow. On ETSY
Crate Chairs by Brooklyn based design studio Autumn Workshop started by Daniel Goers. These chairs are made entirely from re-purposed hologram storage crates. / “No extra wood was used in the fabrication of these chairs. The original crates were cut down, and the cut-offs were recycled back into the structure. The design uses the printed graphics to inform the user how to interact with the storage components of the furniture” /
Thia soft and delicate Autumn Willow Branch necklace is made from salvaged reclaimed leather.
Reclaimed paper coffee cup notebooks by Christin Ripley
Handwoven in Brooklyn from found and reclaimed fabric.
Moroccan rag rugs
T-shirt chair by Maria Westerberg. Unique upholstery is created by weaving old t-shirts and textiles through chair structure.
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”
“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’ “
Pair of cotton pot holders, sewn with 1940s Vintage florals by Lilleputt Studio on Etsy
Ah! This looks so comfortable!
Moss rag rugs from recycled fabric and yarn by Kate Fenker.
Upcycled old toys sofa / lounge couch by Dan Kennel. Looks very comfortable.
Scrapwood furniture by Dutch designer, Piet Hein Eek:
Recycled jean fabric necklace by MAGICOVERACID
Above: DIY wooden toy car
Above: DIY scarecrow
Above: DIY sleds
Above: DIY bird feeder
Above: DIY stool
Above: DIY bench
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.
Cup City by Andrea Legge was a temporary interactive art installation comprised of a 2000 sq ft structure built using rented chain link fence panels at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Over the course of three days, concertgoers filled the structure with approximately 25,000 plastic cups and water bottles.
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
“The project deals with giving new life to damaged, out-of-use furniture. over the past year, I practiced furniture-healing through design. The cultural and personal history of each piece of damaged furniture served as a starting point for the treatment, which attempted to preserve each one of their stories. the intention was to explore with joy, the multiple personalities, and the defects that exist in old products, and to create a human and hybrid aesthetic language[...] I started exploring a visual language that deals with imperfections, and giving objects human-like gestures.” - Noam Tabenkin
Read more about noam Tabenkin’s furniture on Visual Syntex