SCRAP ECOLOGY:  INTERVIEW WITH DANIEL GOERS

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Above: Shelving/vase system displaying thistles, dried plants and exotic flowers.

Daniel Goers is a local Brooklyn designer, architect and artist who has a show right now called Scrap Ecology at Brooklyn coffee shop K-Dog in Lefferts Gardens.  All pieces are made from reclaimed materials except some lighting components. Daniel has been collecting scrap materials and remaking them into beautiful designs and sculptures for some time now. His other great project is in collaboration with artist Jennifer Wong called Birdtown. Fifty birdhouses were built from recycled materials and installed in Fort Greene:


http://myrtleavenuebirdtown.com/


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Above:
Daniel Goers and Jennifer Wong.


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Above: Birdhouse from Birdtown.

Scrap Ecology aims to rearrange the raw materials of our urban and natural environments into objects with new meaning and purpose. These materials include abandoned shipping pallets from Red Hook, wood cutoffs from carpentry projects, recycled packaging, discarded architectural samples, donated plant stems and foraged specimens from Prospect Park and the mountains of Harriman State Park.


http://dgoers.com


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Why reclaimed materials?

New York is a great place to find raw materials to build with.  every day the streets are filled with “trash” that can be so much more. But maybe the best reason is that material is free. The reclaimed material also tends to have more character.


Do you enjoy living in New York? Would you if you had an opportunity move somewhere where there are more trees and less garbage?

Of course, New York is a great place to be a designer but my sculptures do hint at the desire to be closer to nature.  I would love to live in a barn in the mountains but in the meantime I will work to bring nature to people’s homes here.


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Above: Lamp made from glass jar moss terrariums.


Why do you think using reclaimed materials is popular today? 

It’s just marketing for many people. I like to believe that myself and many other designers simply see some intrinsic value and potential in the waste around us. What was once a shipping pallet can become a hundred new things, so why cut down another tree?  More people come to this realization and the ‘green’ movement will become less about marketing & more a part of the collective conscience.

 


September 10, 2010

TOO MANY PILLOWS?

sofa couch made of pillows!, design squish blog

How to make sofa out of pillows?
This cusioned sofa by Christiane Hoegner “uses the smallest element of a sofa - the little pillow on top - as main component.  Usually used to adjust and customize your personal comfort level, it is now multiplied and piled up to the shape of a sofa” - Christiane

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Dad pillows by Christiane Hoegner made from button up shirts. Great idea for DIY project and a way to reuse old shirts!

Another beautiful pillow inspired sofa and stool:

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Hanabi by MottoWasabi can be freely transformed according to different needs and seating situations and it is also possible to form a sofa by combining several Hanabis together.

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hanabi-pillow-sofa,design squish blog
pillow couch, design squish blog


August 24, 2010

CHAIR FROM RECYCLED CHAIN LINK FENCE

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recycled chain link fence chair, design squish blog

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.


July 07, 2010

NEW TREND: TINY HOUSE LIVING

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“Man can better set up in a small house than in a huge castle.” - Leo N. Tolstoy

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“With the loved ones you can be happy even in the smallest of places.” - Leo N. Tolstoy.

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July 03, 2010

CHAIR REDESIGN BY JETCKE GROOT

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chair redesignchair redesignchair redesign

Chair redesign by Jetske Groot.  Jetske finds old chairs, carefully disassembles them and recycles them into new chairs that reflect their past history. Jetske calls her series “Multiple Family”


June 01, 2010

ECO-FRIENDLY FUTURE PERFECT

wood leftovers, scrap wood chair

Scrap wood chair. (Perfect DIY idea)

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Skateboard wheels rotating table. (Great idea for reusing skateboard wheels)


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Button toy. (Great idea for reusing buttons)

Future Perfect is a good new design store in
Williamsburg and East Village, New York.

 


May 26, 2010

ICFF 2010

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icff 2010, international furniture fair, design squish blog

Lamp made from scrub pads and chandelier made from
plastic spoons by Daisuke Hirawa.

icff 2010, international furniture fair, cork-bowl

icff 2010, international furniture fair, cork-lamp

Tiago Sa Da costa creates bowls and lamps out of natural material - cork. 

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Hand knitted recycled cotton and leather bags by Lana Williams

icff 2010, design squish blog

Colorful, environmentally friendly wood blocks by Miller Goodman.

icff 2010, scrap lights

icff 2010, scrap lights

Scrap Lights made of recycled cardboard.


May 18, 2010

THE ART OF KITCHEN SHELVING

shabby chic reused wood kitchen shelves, flea market cups

Reused shipping crate wood for shelves, glasses and cups from grandma’s garage, flea market or thrift store and a few handmade ceramic bowls.
Done!

Image found on beautiful blog by Anna Rikje, photographer and musician from Germany currently living in New York City -  I Truly Like That.

 


March 30, 2010

DIY: BUILD YOUR OWN WELL

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How to hand build your own well!!! (in Russian): www.kolodec.ru


March 08, 2010

HANDMADE RECYCLED PAPER NOTEBOOKS

handmade recycled paper notebooks

handmade recycled paper notebooks

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.

http://www.blackpinebooks.com/


February 20, 2010

REUSING SHIPPING CRATES

recycled crates drawer

recycled wooden crates shelving system

Reusing plastic and wooden shipping crates as shelves and drawers.

recycled wooden crates shelving system

Above: Apple crates from Bailey’s Home and Garden

recycled crates furniture

Reusing plastic crates as chairs and coffee tables.

reusing shipping crates as basket for bike

Reusing shipping crates as baskets for bikes.

reusing shipping crates as basket for bikes

Above: Bike photographs from Bakfiets en Meer blog - City Cycling News and Opinions from Amsterdam.

wine crate as a basket for bike

Above: Shipping crate as bike basket.  Image from Toronto bike blog - Globe Revolution - Inspiring Everyone to a Cycling Lifestyle


January 19, 2010

OLD PLATES, NEW PLATES

reusing old plates

reusing old plates

reusing old plates

I like the idea of reusing old plates by drawing on them and arranging them on the wall alongside vintage plates. Inspiration from Fine Little Day


January 11, 2010

RECYCLED PAPER WALLPAPER

RECYCLED NEWSPAPER OR BOOKS WALLPAPER

RECYCLED NEWSPAPER OR BOOKS WALLPAPER

RECYCLED NEWSPAPER OR BOOKS WALLPAPER

RECYCLED NEWSPAPER OR BOOKS WALLPAPER

Above: Images of bird illustrations wallpaper found on Katy Elliott Blog

DIY: newspaper, old book pages, drawings and illustrations as wallpaper.  ( Caution:  newspaper yellows with time.)


January 06, 2010

RECYCLED MAP ENVELOPES

recycled map envelopes

Recycled map envelopes by DIREKTRECYCLING.
(Good DIY idea too.)


January 04, 2010

BOOKSHELF

bookshelf made from recycled books

Book’s Shelf. Bookshelf made from books by Bernardo Gaeiras, Rietveld Academie Sandberg Institute.


September 12, 2009

CROCHETED LAMPSHADES

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Above: Crocheted lampshade at Michele Varian, photo from Apartment Therapy.

The other day I was walking in Manhattan on the Lower East Side and discovered an amazing store full with all kinds of vintage, restored and designer objects.  One of my favorite is a crocheted lamp shade. The fabric is starched to maintain its form. 

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Above: Michele Varian on Crosby Street, NY


June 11, 2009

BAGS FROM RECYCLED COFFEE SACKS

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Bags from re-purposed, recycled coffee sacks!  Lined with a soft unbleached cotton. by Mayamade. 

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May 31, 2009

TRAVELING BOOK LIBRARY - BOOKMOBILE

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Projekt Mobilivre - Bookmobile Project is primarily based in Montreal and Philadelphia. It is a trailer converted into a small mobile gallery and library that showcases handmade books and zines from all over the world.  Traveling through Canada and US, this bookmobile visits community centers, schools, colleges, libraries, festivals and artist-run centers.  I happened to run into Mobilivre-Bookmobile while I was studying at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and was stunned by the idea of a traveling gallery/library. 


traveling book library and portable zine gallery

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Bookmobile is a vehicle designed as a traveling library.  Slumgullion,  is a collaboration project that strives to create community, empower young voices, and promote literacy and the humanities through the book arts and zines. It is based in Missoula, Montana.  Slumgullion’s bookmobile exhibits handmade books, art zines and is just like a regular bookmobile only it is bike powered!



May 02, 2009

REUSING SHIPPING PALLETS

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The wall of a beautiful housewares store Vessel in Boston is made with…...shipping pallets. Nice way to reuse old shipping pallets.


April 24, 2009

I LOVE: SHITAKUSA & KUSAMONO

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Kusamono and shitakusa are a potted collection of plants. Plants used are typically moss, grass, lichen, small mountain flowers and plants, bonsai trees, bamboo, or bulbs, that may be arranged to heighten the beauty or reflect a certain season.  Usually a collection is displayed separately in special pots, driftwood, or even stones. Photos from beautiful blogs: Shitakusamono and Happy Hearts at Home.


April 22, 2009

RECYCLED LEATHER BELT FLOOR MAT

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Wow. Handmade floor mat from old vintage leather belts.  Design by Inghua Ting.


March 11, 2009

CROCHETED CLOCK BY STANLEY RUIZ

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Siesta stiffened crocheted doily by Stanley Ruiz . This is really nice.  I even was thinking of making it myself - taking old lace, stiffening it with starch…  but it probably would not be as nice as the one above.


March 06, 2009

MOSS RUG

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This moss rug is perfect! I found it on Environmental Graffitti Blog.  - “Created by Switzerland-based industrial designer La Chanh Nguyen, the small indoor greenspace features three types of live green mosses - ball moss, island moss and forest moss - that grow in individual “cells” of plastazote, a decay-free foam” The moss carpet absorbs bathroom moisture. Mosses flourish in damp, humid environments such as bathrooms.  You probably will need to have a window of some sort in the bathroom because i think moss also likes sunlight, but otherwise this is a great idea.
I always wanted to have a bed out of moss.  Moss is really soft and good to sleep on.  I know this from experience. Once I was in the forest and I was very tired. I found a large field of moss the size of a bed. I slept on it for three hours.  The idea of moss as a carpet or rug is only natural. In fact, I am seriously considering growing my own moss rug. 


February 12, 2009

BAGS FROM RECYCLED LEATHER

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Recently I started making my own bags from recycled leather and reused materials. Image above is the first bag I made out of small ripped leather purse and old leather skirt.  I added leather material from old skirt to the bottom of the purse.  The image below is a bag I made from ripped fake leather bag I actually found in the garbage. I fixed the bag I found in the garbage and sewed on white silk flowers that came from old jacket.

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February 10, 2009

REDECORATING FURNITURE - SILKSCREEN, STENCILS

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Marlies Spaan and Jolanda Muilenburg silkscreened patterns on beech wood cabinets and wardrobes.
I was also thinking, if you are tired of your old furniture and if your furniture is simply very boring and ugly, it is possible to achieve similar effect by adding some pattern to your furniture through using stencils or wallpaper. I do not know though if it is going to look as beautiful as the wardrobe on the picture above.


January 26, 2009

SALT AND PEPPER SHAKERS OUT OF SODA BOTTLES

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Me and Paul did not want to buy a salt and pepper shaker and decided to do-it-yourself one.  We thought it would be an interesting idea to make salt and pepper shakers out of soda bottles.  We used a bottle from ALE 8 1 (pronouncedA LATE ONE) - authentic Kentucky soda available only in Kentucky and JARRITOS - mandarin flavored Mexican soda from the deli in Brooklyn.


December 29, 2008

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