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

AVOCA JAR LAMP

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jar lamp, design squish blog

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.


May 11, 2011

ALL I NEED IS A LUNCH BOX

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

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“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

SHIRT PILLOWS CASES BY REVISITED

Vintage shirts are found in second hand shops, re-dyed and made into pillow cases, design squish blog

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

Vintage shirts are found in second hand shops, re-dyed and made into pillow cases, design squish blog

-http://www.revisitedmatters.com

 


April 06, 2011

ANOTHER VERTICAL GARDEN

vertical garden, parking, barcelona spain, designsquish

Vertical garden in Barcelona, Spain.


March 26, 2011

FURNITURE REDESIGN BY NOAM TABENKIN

furniture redesign, noam tabenkin, design squish blog

“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

furniture redesign, noam tabenkin, design squish blog


Read more about noam Tabenkin’s furniture on Visual Syntex


February 22, 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

LOG LOG LOG

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Stump stools by the Cumulus Project.
(The wood for these three stools was harvested from a fallen maple tree)

log stool

“Log Stools” by Kevin Heisner.

P.S (It is better than bad it is good!)


January 15, 2011

MEET “VLADIMIR”, THE SHIPPING PALLET MIRROR

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“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

RECYCLED CHAIRS INTO COAT HANGERS

RECYCLED CHAIRS INTO COAT HANGERS, design squish blog

RECYCLED CHAIRS INTO COAT HANGERS, design squish blog

RECYCLED CHAIRS INTO COAT HANGERS, design squish blog

Antonello Fuse coat hangers made from old recycled chair backs.


December 06, 2010

SANDCOMB SEAT

reused cotton fabric sandcomb seat, design squish blog

reused cotton fabric sandcomb seat, design squish blog


Sandcomb seat from reused cotton by DKSD, Dutch interior and product design studio. A lightweight, yet windproof seat when filled with sand. Part of ‘portable’ furniture series. - http://www.wraf.nl

Beautiful exterior cladding panel design by DKSD inspired by…herring!
Below is a new exterior cladding panel designed to protect buildings from rainwater and also retain it. This slightly bowl-shaped panel harvests rainwater and funnels it to tanks for internal storage. The water is then used for the building’s heating, cooling and sanitary installations.  The scale-like surface and pearly colours give the panels their nickname ‘Hollandse Nieuwe’, referring to Dutch fresh herring and two brand new Dutch designers!

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November 30, 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

DIY IDEA: TABLE FROM OLD CHAIRS AND SURFBOARD

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Sewing table made from two broken chairs and I suppose, an old surfboard.  Redesigned by Robert Kalin, founder of ETSY.


November 13, 2010

RECLAIMED OLD WINDOWS GREENHOUSES….

reusing old windows, frames, design squish blog

upcycling old windows into greenhouse, design squish blog

I found these beautiful greenhouses made from upcycled old windows on HAUTE NATURE. I recently have seen a bunch of gorgeous old windows in the garbage. ...


October 29, 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

BIRDHOUSES

milk crates birdhouses, bird feeders, design squish blog

unconventional bird houses made from odd objects, design squish blog

Unconventional artsy birdhouses made from odd objects and milk crates.  I saw them on Reference Library and fell in love with ever since!

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September 28, 2010

DIY REDESIGN THOUGHTS….

reusing old sweaters, diy redesign thoughts, design squish blog

Pillows from recycled old wool sweaters, jackets or shirts. (Image from Katy Elliott)

reusing jeans, diy redesign thoughts, design squish blog

Sofa cover from reused jeans fabric. (Image from Design Milk)


September 19, 2010

EARTH TONES: DESIGN SQUISH’S ETSY ECO PICKS

birch mug, ceramics, pottery, clay


This mug by lenni08 reminds me of where I grew up. There are many birch trees in Russia — it’s considered the national tree.


birch bark necklace, jewelry


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.


redesign, rotating bike wheel pot rack


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


recycled leather necklace


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.


restored dresser


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:


- Earth Tones: Design Squish’s Eco Picks

 


September 16, 2010

ANT LOVE

ant organic pillow, nature inspired design, design squish blog

ant pillow, nature inspired, organic cotton, design squish blog

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:

nature inspired ant design, coffee mug,design squish blog

ant pattern coffee mug, nature inspired deign, design squish blog

Wear this if you absolutely love ants:

ant inspired necklace, ant love, design squish blog


September 02, 2010

SOFT ACCESSORIES FROM RECLAIMED MATERIALS

Slippers made from recycled, felted 100% lambswool sweater and recycled leather

Slippers made from recycled, felted 100% lambswool sweater and recycled leather

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...


upcycled slouch bag made from the sleeves of a mens wool dress coat


August 16, 2010

CHAIR FROM RECYCLED CHAIN LINK FENCE

recycled chain link fence chair, design squish blog

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

DISPOSABLE PLATES FROM FALLEN PALM LEAVES

eco friendly, disposable plates made from fallen palm leaves

eco friendly, disposable plates made from fallen palm leaves

eco friendly, disposable plates made from fallen palm leaves

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.


June 07, 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 DESIGN, NATIONAL DESIGN TRIENNIAL, 2010

eco-friendly book led lamp, green design, design squish blog

Book LED floor lamp. The lamp’s shade opens and closes like the cover of a book. As the shade opens wider, the light shines more brightly, and as it closes, it gradually dims and turns off. Made from recycled aluminum.

biodegradable coffin

Simple, non-toxic, eco-friendly biodegradable coffin!

eco-friendly stackable chairs

Eco-friendly chairs made from strawboard. (Strawboard, a formaldehyde-free material made of compressed straw- an alternative to wood particleboard or fiberboard)

invisible street light

Invisible Street Lights designed by Jongoh Lee are in the shape of tree leaves and can be wrapped around tree branches.  During the day, these leaf structures mingle in the tree’s natural leaves, harnessing and storing sunlight. At night, they provide a poetic alternative to streetlights. 

National Design Triennial is on right now at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York City.

 


May 28, 2010

ECO-FRIENDLY FUTURE PERFECT

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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

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