Gallery: 6 Superb DIY and Recycled Designs We Love at Superuse

We recently stumbled on a site called Superuse which catalogs and promotes the idea of transforming waste into something useful or beautiful. Not all of the ideas on this site are fine art, but they're certainly all great ideas for reusing materials to reduce waste. While we haven't even begun to scratch the surface of all these clever innovations on the site, there are pages upon pages of amazing ideas -- like this reused CD spindle that makes for the perfect instant lunchbox for a bagel sandwich! Simply brilliant. You can see more of our favorite ideas for reuse after the jump!

Bike Wheel Clock

This cool clock by stuffmadefromstuff was made from an old recycled aluminum bike wheel. The wheels are used and will, according to the maker, and show signs of past use, scratches, dings, etc. To get rid of some of the grime, each wheel has been scrubbed and cleaned up.

+ Bike Wheel Clock by stuffmadefromstuff

Metro Cuffs 

These awesome Metro Cuffs at Design Hype will help you find your way around the tube. They’re available with maps of London, NYC, Paris and Milan, and they’re simple and stylish enough to work with any outfit!

+ Metro Cuffs at Design Hype 

Clojo – Toilet Paper Hanger

One of those ideas that we wish we had come up with. Studio Stallinga invented a clever and minimalistic way to reuse of clothes hangers to hold good old toilet paper — they call it Clojo.

+ Clojo by Studio Stallinga

Aquarium Phone Booth

With the rise of the mobile phone, old phone booths have come in the market for reuse. Artists Benoit Deseille and Benedetto Bufalino turned one into an aquarium for the Lyon Light Festival in France. Speaking about their design, “With the advent of the mobile telephone, telephone booths lie unused. We rediscover this glass cage transformed into an aquarium, full of exotically colored fish; an invitation to escape and travel.”

+ Aquarium Phone Booth by Benoit Deseille and Benedetto Bufalino

Heinz Baked Beans Can Lights

A canned classic, Heinz Baked Beans‘ tins are transformed into bold and retro lighting fixtures by FUSE. The lights also come with matching ceiling roses made from recycled tuna cans.

+ Lights by FUSE

Kudos to all! Seeing ‘trash’ transformed into art and purposeful pieces of everyday design-ware, is just marvelous. And for all you crafters out there, Superuse also let’s you submit your own work or the work of others!

+ Superuse


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1 Comment

  1. petra brower July 18, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Love the bike wheel clock idea. very creative,

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