Cosmetic Surgery Kingdom, Bora Hong, repurposed chairs, recycled materials, green design, sustainable design, green interiors, sustainable interiors, green products, sustainable products, ventura interieur, biennale interieur

Bora Hong‘s Cosmetic Surgery Kingdom project draws parallels between the world of design and the plastic surgery phenomenon in South Korea. She performs “chair surgery” on old seats to forcibly make them fit the platonic ideal of classic Eames chairs.

Recycled Book Furniture, recycled books, repurposed books, recycled materials, Jacqueline le Bleu, green design, sustainable design, green interiors, sustainable interiors, green products, sustainable products, ventura interieur, biennale interieur

Jacqueline le Bleu lends new form to faded tomes by turning them into fabled furnishings with a new lease on life. Her recycled book creations range from tables and stools to benches and chairs.

Shopping Cart Sofa, Etienne Reijnders, recycled shopping cart, shopping cart chair, recycled shopping cart chair, green design, sustainable design, green interiors, sustainable interiors, green products, sustainable products, ventura interieur, biennale interieur

Rising design star Etienne Reijnders pulled off one of the more impressive feats of upcycling we’ve seen by transforming two shopping carts into an elegant sofa. Reijnder’s economy of materials is remarkable (no external parts were needed), and the mesh frame flexes comfortably when you sit on it.

Shopping Cart chair, Etienne Reijnders, recycled shopping cart, shopping cart chair, recycled shopping cart chair, green design, sustainable design, green interiors, sustainable interiors, green products, sustainable products, ventura interieur, biennale interieur

Etienne Reijnders also showcased a trio of Shopping Cart Chairs that are so beautifully finished you’d never guess they’re made from recycled materials.

Recycled Fiberboard, recycled ikea Furniture ikea, recycled materials, Erik van Katwijk, green design, sustainable design, green interiors, sustainable interiors, green products, sustainable products, ventura interieur, biennale interieur

Most fiberboard furniture has a limited lifespan before it cracks and gets kicked to the curb. Erik van Katwijk found a way to breathe new life into this overlooked material by stacking pieces together and milling them to form brand new lamps, chairs, and cabinets.

Bicycle Chain Chandelie, Laurence van Seventer, recycled bike chain, recycled materials, recycled lamp, green design, sustainable design, green interiors, sustainable interiors, green products, sustainable products, ventura interieur, biennale interieur

Lolo Palazzo founder Laurence van Seventer transforms scrap metal and industrial objects into refined designs that hint at their former use. Her gothic Bicycle Chain Chandelier casts intricate shadows upon nearby surfaces.

Recycled Door Cabinet, Piet Hein Eek, recycled doors, recycled materials, cabinet made from doors, green design, sustainable design, green interiors, sustainable interiors, green products, sustainable products, ventura interieur, biennale interieur

Inhabitat favorite Piet Hein Eek repurposed a stack of old windows and doors into a luminous vitrine for an exhibit entitled “Waste Not, Want Not, the Dutch Re-Design.”

Tight, Shipping Strap Chair, Wouter Defrancq, green design, sustainable design, green interiors, sustainable interiors, green products, sustainable products, ventura interieur, biennale interieur

Wouter Defrancq‘s no-screw, no-glue Tight chair is held together by utilitarian cargo straps that create a cushy seat and backrest.

Recycled Plastic, Coffee Maker, Siemen Cuypers, green design, sustainable design, green interiors, sustainable interiors, green products, sustainable products, ventura interieur, biennale interieur

Have you ever stopped to consider the environmental footprint of your appliances? In 2013, every Belgian citizen produced about 50 pounds of e-waste. Seeking to improve this trend, Siemen Cuypers used recycled plastic to 3D print a coffee machine that can be assembled locally and easily repaired.

Recycled Plastic Container Jewelry, recycled jewelry, recycled materials, Anneleen Swillen, green design, sustainable design, green interiors, sustainable interiors, green products, sustainable products, ventura interieur, biennale interieur

Anneleen Swillen performs material alchemy to transform plastic dishes, boxes, and packaging materials into colorful jewelry that calls disposable products into question.

Recycled Cork, cork Stool, Kurkkruk Joop Couwenberg, recycled materials, cork chair, green design, sustainable design, green interiors, sustainable interiors, green products, sustainable products, ventura interieur, biennale interieur

Joop Couwenberg‘s cantilevered, stackable Kurkkruk stool consists of just two pieces – a minimalist steel frame and a comfy seat made from recycled cork.

Aquaca Water Container, humanitarian design, life-saving design, water container, Mathais Bovijn, green design, sustainable design, green interiors, sustainable interiors, green products, sustainable products, ventura interieur, biennale interieur

Mattias Bovijn collaborated with Sien Industries to create a lightweight container for transporting drinking water to areas where it is needed most. The Aquaca container is made from coated fabric and is meant to provide a flexible, packable alternative to rigid jerrycans.

Concrete Pine Bench, Robin Berrewaerts, concrete furniture, pine furniture, green design, sustainable design, green interiors, sustainable interiors, green products, sustainable products, ventura interieur, biennale interieur

Robin Berrewaerts gives hard concrete a flowing, organic form by pairing it with sculpted wood bases in his Concrete Pine Series.

Slim Folding Stool, Arbijt, folding stool, transforming furniture, design for small space, folding chair, green design, sustainable design, green interiors, sustainable interiors, green products, sustainable products, ventura interieur, biennale interieur

Arbijt‘s Slim Stool is a minimalist marvel that can be folded up and stowed away when not in use. The entire design is cut from a single sheet of wood, and strong integrated magnets secure the seat to the base when the stool is folded away or set up for sitting.

Birch stools, Naver Stools, Sophia Lithell, green design, sustainable design, green interiors, sustainable interiors, green products, sustainable products, ventura interieur, biennale interieur

Sweden-based Sophia Lithell‘s basket-like Naver Stools are upholstered in delicate strips of birch bark that are left unfixed to curl at the edges.

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Photos by Mike Chino for Inhabitat