PLASTIC ISLAND @ FIGMENT

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PLASTIC ISLAND is an interactive sculpture for Figment NYC's summer long sculpture festival. It is made from recycled durable materials that are braided and woven together into rope:








August 16, 2014

LINES / DIY MINIMAL

diy minimal, melo chang, design squish blog

minimal diy hacks inspiration, tire chair, design squish blog

matias ruiz rope chair, design squish blog

maya chair, design squish blog

Heavy duty seating from upcycled tires and M100 chair by Matias Ruiz Malbran. Maya chair by Arya Alfieri.


October 08, 2013

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

RECLAIMED WOOD TABLES BY BROOKLYN TO WEST

salvaged wood table, brooklyn to west, design squish blog

salvaged wood table, brooklyn to west, design squish blog

salvaged wood table, brooklyn to west, design squish blog

ariele alasko, design squish blog

“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

- http://brooklyntowest.blogspot.com


December 19, 2012

CRATE CHAIRS BY AUTUMN WORKSHOP

crate chairs by autumn workshop, daniel goers, design squish blog

crate chairs by autumn workshop, daniel goers, design squish blog

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” /

- http://www.autumn-workshop.com/2012/08/crate-chairs/


September 13, 2012

SOLAR SHINGLES

solar shingles, design squish blog

Dow Powerhouse solar shingles blend in with your traditional shingles and apparently do not require any special tools for installation.

- http://gizmodo.com/dow-powerhouse-solar-shingles-could-finally-have-you-hugging-trees


April 08, 2012

STRUCTURE / BARE MINIMUM

antelope chair, design squish blog

cord lamp by brendan ravenhill, design squish blog

minimal chandelier by arik levy, design squish blog

leaf chair, design squish blog

pipe lamp, minimal, design squish blog

Antelope chair designed by Ernest Race (1913-1964), Cord Lamp by Brendan Ravenhill, Wire Flow Chandelier by Arik Levy,  Leaf Chair by Arper and 3 Arm Industrial Chandelier by Workstead.


February 26, 2012

MOSS RAG RUGS

moss rag rug

moss rag rugs

Moss rag rugs from recycled fabric and yarn by Kate Fenker.

- http://www.katefenker.com


February 11, 2012

UNIVERSAL LEG SYSTEM

universal leg system for tables and benches, design squish blog

universal leg system for tables and benches, design squish blog

universal leg system for tables and benches, design squish blog

Universal leg system, by Jakob Schenk.  “TICK is a universal table leg system which can be applied to a variety of board materials allowing you the space for individuality and creativity. A bent metal wire structure, similar to a over-dimensional paper clip clamps to any board and transforms it within a few seconds into a unique table without the use of skrews and tools” 

universal leg system for tables and benches, design squish blog


February 10, 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

HANDMADE PENCILS

handmade diy pencils, design squish blog

handmade pencils, design squish blog

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


July 10, 2011

DIY RUSSIA

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Above: DIY wooden toy car

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Above: DIY scarecrow

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Above: DIY sleds

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Above: DIY bird feeder

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Above: DIY stool

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Above: DIY bench

-DIY Russia on folkforms


June 21, 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

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