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 WOOD STOOLS BY EDWARDS MOORE

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Above: Ben Edwards and Juliet Moore

reclaimed wood stools, design squish blog


Made from discarded wood from various sources. Sanded and finished with linseed oil, putty and wax.


reclaimed wood stools, design squish blog


-http://edwardsmoore.com/

 


November 11, 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

“WHATEVER” FLOWER POTS

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‘Whatever’ flower pots are a terracotta pots by brooklyn designer Jason Miller. The pots are made out of clay but are inspired by plastic bottles, metal cans or coffee cups people often use when they do not have a regular flower pot at hand.

http://www.millerstudio.us/


October 14, 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

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

sofa pillows, design squish blog

shirt pillow, design squish blog

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:

pillow sofa, design squish blog

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

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

JEWELRY FROM UPCYCLED MATERIALS

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Materials upcycled:  bike chainlink, broken ceramic plates, hardware washers. 
Found on Etsy.


August 11, 2010

CERAMIC AND REUSABLE

disposable tin food containers transformed into ceramic and reusable, ceramic cups, design squish blog

Disposable tin food containers transformed into ceramic and reusable by Lorena Barrezueta.


July 22, 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

INDUSTRIAL VINTAGE FURNITURE

industrial vintage chair

Old workshop seat.

industrial vintage furniture, coffee table made from recycle cabledrum

Coffee table from recycled cable drum.

industrial vintage chair

Chair from old sewing factory.

pillows from produce sacks

Pillows from vintage produce sacks.

Images from ArtKraft Furniture and Design.


June 28, 2010

DIY UNIVERSAL GARDEN PLANTERS

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Old bathtubs, shipping crates and barrels are great “upcycle material” for DIY planters.
Above: Old barrels as planters in San Diego, California.

Bathtub garden baskets in Williamsburg, Brooklyn:

bathtub garden

bathtub garden

bathtub garden

bathtub garden

bathtub garden

Below: Shipping crate as garden planter.

shipping crate as garden planter

 


June 25, 2010

CHAIR REDESIGN BY JETCKE GROOT

chair redesignchair redesignchair redesign

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

icff 2010, international furniture fair, design squish blog

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. 

icff 2010, design squish blog

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

REDESIGNING SPEAKERS

speakers by stanley ruiz

Log speakers by Stanley Ruiz - http://stanleyruiz.com  Stanley’s speakers are composed of only wood and metal. “It is a very lo-fi, unassuming approach to product design.  Improvisation is a major part of my process” - Stanley.


birch log speakers by stanley ruiz

birch log speakers by stanley ruiz

Ceramic speakers by Joey Roth: 

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The speaker system is reduced to its most simple form.  It is also made out of all natural materials consisting of porcelain, cork, and birch.

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redesigning speakers with natural materials

 

 


May 14, 2010

FURNITURE DESIGNED TO REUSE SHIPPING CRATES

furniture designed to reuse shipping crates

Reused shipping crate shelves / drawers by Linda Jose.  Furniture designed to reuse shipping crates.

furniture designed to reuse shipping crates

furniture designed to reuse shipping crates

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May 08, 2010

BIKE REPAINTED AND RESTORED IN THE STYLE OF GZHEL CERAMICS

Old Bike repainted and restored in the style of Gzhel, folk russian ceramics

Old Bike repainted and restored in the style of Gzhel, folk russian ceramics

Old Bike repainted and restored in the style of Gzhel, folk russian ceramics

Old Bike repainted and restored in the style of Gzhel, folk russian ceramics

Gzhel ceramics

Old rusty bike found on garage sale restored and repainted in the Gzhel style of ceramics. Gzhel is a Russian style of ceramics which takes its name from the village of Gzhel and surrounding area, where it has been produced since 1802.


April 08, 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:  BIRD CAGE LAMP

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I see a lot of old beautiful bird cages in the garbage. I think I threw out a few as well a long long time ago. What I did not know is that they can be transformed into beautiful lamps. This re-purposed bird cage lamp above is by PSPCA ( Philadelphia Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).  The curtain will naturally diffuse the light acting as a lamp shade!


March 10, 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 JACKET ALPHABET PILLOWS

recycled jacket pillow

recycled jacket pillow

Pillows made from recycled suit-jackets by Hilary Cosgrove.


January 04, 2010

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