There was huge amount of intriguing work on display at this year's Maison & Oject at Paris Design Week
's . From a Dutch company—Ay Illuminate
— that sources natural waste materials from Asia, Ethiopia and Swaziland to make handcrafted, ethereal lamps, to a Japanese firm that creates Lego-inspired bricks from tea and coffee grounds, we've rounded up some of the best efficient designs that utilize recycled materials in this year's Maison & Objet.
One of our favorite finds, COLORS‘ Chiba is a Japanese take on classic Danish LEGO bricks made from recycled coffee beans, tea and wood chips—and it smells great!.
Ground coffee was pretty big at this year’s Maison&Objet mega-exhibition, this time Korean housewares brand EcoJun used the tasty beans (and also corn starch) to create stylish biodegradable take-away cups for tea and coffee.
Finnish duo Ko-Ho use local fast-growing produce to create these gorgeous stackable, very robust and recyclable chairs which are made from hemp!
Carla Peters from Wonderable exhibited her adorable collection of Fair Trade pendant lamps, that are constructed by artisans using recycled waste paper collected from Vietnamese printing companies.
An Inhabitat’s recycled classic, the Newspaper Wood minimal bench by Dutch studio Vij5.
ID Cook‘s low-energy barbeque Solaire COOKUP INOX is a great alternative to charcoal. Made from recyclable aluminum and MDF it comes in a flat-pack design and can be heated up to 200C.
Using beech wood, pens, pegs, wax, elastic bands and a bike’s inner tube’s piece, the British All Lovely Stuff design studio created a low-tech and very cool drawing machine.
Arik Levy and Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance showcased their latest low-energy outdoor hanging lamp for Forestier. It draws inspiration from traditional Chinese paper lanterns.
Paris-based Geraldine Gonzales creates floating medusa jellyfish lamps that softly glow to create an otherworldly atmosphere.
From furniture to textiles, from jewelry to home ware, this year’s Maison&Objet was an inspiring collection of stuff all-under-one-roof and waiting to be discovered.
+ Paris Design Week 2012
Photo © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat