Decorative Objects

Mexican Designers and Artisans Bring Innovation to the Pottery Tradition of Oaxaca

Mexican Designers and Artisans Bring Innovation to the Pottery Tradition of Oaxaca

A group of designers are teaming up with artisans from the Oaxaca region of Mexico to host a program that will provide training, collaboration, promotion and fair commercialization of their work. This

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Gorgeous Hand-Woven Wicker Furniture Showcases Traditional Chilean Craft

Gorgeous Hand-Woven Wicker Furniture Showcases Traditional Chilean Craft

Produced from the fiber of the Salix plant, a type of willow (hence the project´s name) these design wonders are made by local artisans from a town called Chimbarongo, near Chile's bustling capital

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Da Morto A Orto: Redundant Furniture Recycled into Abundant and Gorgeous Planters

Da Morto A Orto: Redundant Furniture Recycled into Abundant and Gorgeous Planters

We always love when designers mesh recycled materials with greenery, and Peter Bottazzi and Denish Bonpace’s recycled furniture planters are a shining example! The series, called Da Morto A Orto (from

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WIG: Head Shaped Vases Are Like Modern Chia Pets

WIG: Head Shaped Vases Are Like Modern Chia Pets

It's okay to admit it - you thought Chia pets were awesome when they first came out (it's okay, we all did). But if your tastes have matured a bit since then, you can still have all of the quirky fun they

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Torafu Architects’ Delicate “Air” Vases Are Made Entirely From Paper

Torafu Architects’ Delicate “Air” Vases Are Made Entirely From Paper

Torafu Architects unveiled a stunning line of shape-shifting paper tableware at this year's Milan Furniture Fair that is almost as light and transparent as the air that inspired it. Constructed from

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Elegant Biodegradable WallArt Tiles Made From Renewable Sugar Cane Bagasse

Elegant Biodegradable WallArt Tiles Made From Renewable Sugar Cane Bagasse

This chic modern WallArt tiles add an extra dimension to boring plain walls. Made from recycled bagasse (a fibrous residue leftover from the process of extracting the sweet juice from sugarcane stalks),

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Stardust: Crystallized Sugar LED Lamp is All Sweetness and Light

Stardust: Crystallized Sugar LED Lamp is All Sweetness and Light

Won Joon Lee was born in Seoul, Korea and is currently studying for his BFA in designed objects at the SAIC in Chicago. Stardust is the result of an intense two-semester design project that focused on the

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Loaded: Heavyweight Craft Exhibit Showcases Designs Made From Iron and Sugar

Loaded: Heavyweight Craft Exhibit Showcases Designs Made From Iron and Sugar

The Loaded exhibit encouraged designers to ask questions about the value of everyday objects. It explores the fluidity of currency and how objects are shaped by global systems of trade, cultural

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Lloydesign Creates Colorful Layered Stools and Tables from Salvaged Offcuts

Lloydesign Creates Colorful Layered Stools and Tables from Salvaged Offcuts

Using 95 percent recycled materials, Lloydesign creates beautifully layered eco-friendly furniture.

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Office Decorated With a Refurbished Vintage 1960s Fighter Plane

Office Decorated With a Refurbished Vintage 1960s Fighter Plane

When Adam Kushner, principal of design firm KUSHNER Studios, set about designing a creative office environment, he thought big - really big. He and his team hauled in a vintage 1960s MiG fighter plane and

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Armadillo and Co’s Flower Collection Rugs Tread Lightly on the Environment

Armadillo and Co’s Flower Collection Rugs Tread Lightly on the Environment

If you have been looking for a fashionable floor rug that not only suits your décor, but has been produced from natural materials under Fairtrade work conditions, your search may well be over.

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Map Topography Organic Cotton Cushions Are Perfect for the Armchair Traveller

Map Topography Organic Cotton Cushions Are Perfect for the Armchair Traveller

What is it about map typography that beckons you to look a little closer? Is it the challenge of working out a location without the assistance of a GPS, or the sense of order and structure it conveys

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Hironobu Yamabe’s “Short by Short” Eco Art Frames its Own Waste

Hironobu Yamabe’s “Short by Short” Eco Art Frames its Own Waste

Japanese designer Hironobu Yamabe’s “Short by Short” is a provocative and interesting art piece as well as an eye-opening lesson in waste management. Each Short by Short artwork is an unfinished

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Penumbra: Artist Jean Shin Creates a Colorful Canopy Out of Orphaned Umbrellas

Penumbra: Artist Jean Shin Creates a Colorful Canopy Out of Orphaned Umbrellas

Even the most fastidious recyclers can turn into wanton litterbugs when winds whip their umbrellas right out of their hands during a storm. Luckily, many of these long-lost parasols were recovered by

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Relumine: Mischer’Traxler Recycles Old Lamps Into Energy-Efficient Fixtures

Relumine: Mischer’Traxler Recycles Old Lamps Into Energy-Efficient Fixtures

Thanks to stores like IKEA, home and office lighting is cheap and easily replaceable- but what happens to discarded lamps? Design duo Mischer'Traxler has an innovative and energy-saving answer. Their

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Who Did That? Creates Sustainable Wood Chandeliers With the Help of Solar Power

Who Did That? Creates Sustainable Wood Chandeliers With the Help of Solar Power

If you are looking to transform your room with a sustainably sourced statement piece, then the Grandelier lamp may just be the artful bit of decor you've been searching for! Australian graphic

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Hermès Debuts “Petit h,” a Line of Goods Made from Upcycled Factory Scraps

Hermès Debuts “Petit h,” a Line of Goods Made from Upcycled Factory Scraps

'Luxury labels' and 'ethical fashion' are two phrases that don't often find harmony in the same sentence , so when we caught wind of Hermès taking a stab at sustainability we had to applaud their

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Bamboo and Paper Pendant Lamp Tells a “Story of Life”

Bamboo and Paper Pendant Lamp Tells a “Story of Life”

Victor Vetterlein recently unveiled a new pendant lamp that showcases biodegradable materials and eco-friendly construction techniques. Dubbed "Study of Life", the lamp consists of two concentric forms

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Quirky Teapots Made from License Plates and Other Vintage Items

Quirky Teapots Made from License Plates and Other Vintage Items

Artist Toby Fraley takes vintage household and industrial castoff items and transforms them into these quirky teapots. The charming sculptures make use of everything from license plates to scrap wood to

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This Thigh Bone’s Connected to Your Lampshade

This Thigh Bone’s Connected to Your Lampshade

Have you ever broken a bone, had an x-ray, and thought the photo was actually quite cool? Swedish design students Sture Pallarp, Elin Hedlund and Emmelie Karlström, took the x-ray aesthetic to a whole

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Art Made From Thousands of Butterfly Wings Sells for £2 Million

Art Made From Thousands of Butterfly Wings Sells for £2 Million

On October 14th, British artist Damien Hirst’s butterfly painting I Am Become Death, Shatterer of Worlds (2006) sold for 2,2 million pounds (3,5 million dollars) at Christie's auction in London. This

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Wendinskan: Unique Pillows Made From Vintage Textiles

Wendinskan: Unique Pillows Made From Vintage Textiles

Swedish designer and artist Cecila Wendin has developed her interest in old bits of textiles, buttons, and yarn into her own business. Under the name of Wendinskan she creates one-of-a-kind throw pillows

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Oddbirds: Unique Lamps Made From Lost and Found Tableware

Oddbirds: Unique Lamps Made From Lost and Found Tableware

Swedish design collective Oddbirds has produced a beautiful range of interior objects, accessories and textiles by creatively combining old, new and recycled materials. This series of unique lamps is made

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Bookshelf Made of Books is Literary and Literal

Bookshelf Made of Books is Literary and Literal

What better way to display literature than atop a literal "book" shelf? This clever creation is made from actual old hardback books. Jim Rosenau collects the archaic treasures and veneers them over a

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Cheeky Light Bulb Candle Trades Watts for Wax

Cheeky Light Bulb Candle Trades Watts for Wax

Looking for a clever and low-impact gift for your favorite greenie? Check out this cheeky "light bulb" candle by Harry Allen and Areaware! They've taken this old-fashioned "technology" and remixed it to

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Movable Modular Planters and Green Walls by Maximize Design

Movable Modular Planters and Green Walls by Maximize Design

If you're looking for a way to transform your garden or terrace without dealing with messy and expensive construction, you might want to check out these modular planters and green walls from MAXIMIZE

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WALL TEARS: Elegant Wall Art Blown from Recycled Glass

WALL TEARS: Elegant Wall Art Blown from Recycled Glass

Want to add some artistic flair to those blank walls? Brighten them up with these fabulous and colorful glass globes from Esque. Not only are they hand-blown from recycled glass, they're also processed in

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100% Recycled Weld Vases Add Graphic Pop to Any Space

100% Recycled Weld Vases Add Graphic Pop to Any Space

What do you get when you combine a Mondrian with a Monet in a 3D medium? We’d guess something similar to Phil Cuttance’s amazing Weld Vases. With a visual effect referencing the geometric assembly of

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Luminous LED Pots Will Make You See Planters in a New Light

Luminous LED Pots Will Make You See Planters in a New Light

Bored to tears by run-of-the-mill, non-glowing plant pots (so very 2009)? Then feast your eyes on these babies. Illuminated by LED lights, these luminescent planters from Rotoluxe are translucent, giving

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Nightmarish Rat Lamp & 4 More Creepy Taxidermy Lamps

Nightmarish Rat Lamp & 4 More Creepy Taxidermy Lamps

You might think taxidermy is frightening or macabre, but if an animal is already dead, it can be an ethical way to celebrate the beauty of nature. Randall points out that it's a step away from the drab,

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