Recycled Materials

Latvian Designers Create Bowls from Real Money

Latvian Designers Create Bowls from Real Money

A duo of Latvian designers make a statement about contemporary currency through a series of bowls made from the shredded pieces of up to 3,000 GB pounds! These vessels are full of symbolism with their

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Norway Unveils Beautiful “Memory Wound” Dedicated to Utoya Island Massacre Victims

Norway Unveils Beautiful “Memory Wound” Dedicated to Utoya Island Massacre Victims

Swedish artist Dahlberg designed two national public art memorial sites: one located on the Sørbråten island north of Utoya Island with the second located in Oslo. The design proposes cleaving

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SOLO Home Design Creates Chic Contemporary Furniture From Recycled Materials

SOLO Home Design Creates Chic Contemporary Furniture From Recycled Materials

SOLO creates chic one of a kind furnishings and home accessories using recycled and repurposed materials. Based out of Chicago, the studio works with many local businesses to collect objects and give them

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Airplane Trolleys Recycled Into Wine and Whiskey Bars by Skypak

Airplane Trolleys Recycled Into Wine and Whiskey Bars by Skypak

German start-up Skypak has created a truly unique collection of mobile furniture brought down from the sky! Using old airplane trolleys, Skypak designed their “La Barrique” cart as a streamlined

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Eclipse: a Contemporary Rickshaw Fit for the 21st Century Traveler

Eclipse: a Contemporary Rickshaw Fit for the 21st Century Traveler

Industrial designer Kenneth Cobonpue transformed the commonplace rickshaw into Eclipse, a high-tech and stylish means of transportation designed for the 21st Century traveler. The three-wheeled

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Grow Up! How to Design Vertical Gardens for Tiny Spaces

Grow Up! How to Design Vertical Gardens for Tiny Spaces

If you're one of the many people in the northern hemisphere who are counting down the days 'til springtime, chances are you may have also been daydreaming about gardening as well. March isn't just one of

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March Studio Suspends over 2,000 ‘Flying’ Pieces of Reclaimed Wood in Canberra’s Ultra Green Nishi Building

March Studio Suspends over 2,000 ‘Flying’ Pieces of Reclaimed Wood in Canberra’s Ultra Green Nishi Building

No two wooden fragments match. Some are polished, some rough textured, others feature remnants of colored paint, but all the markings hint at their former lives within a house, a basketball court or as

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World Bank Report Shows Almost a Third Of All Food Produced is Wasted

World Bank Report Shows Almost a Third Of All Food Produced is Wasted

Produce Photo from Shutterstock According to the latest issue of the World Bank's quarterly Food Price Watch, the world loses or wastes one-quarter to one-third of all food produced for human

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Freya Jobbins Creates Disturbing 3D Collages With Disused Doll Parts

Freya Jobbins Creates Disturbing 3D Collages With Disused Doll Parts

South African artist Freya Jobbins recycles doll parts into disturbing new assemblages that will give you and your child nightmares. Inspired by Guiseppe Archimboldo's work with fruit and vegetables, and

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Gorgeous Solar Geodesic Dome Crowns Cob House in the Arctic Circle

Gorgeous Solar Geodesic Dome Crowns Cob House in the Arctic Circle

The SOLARDOME® PRO single-glazed geodesic dome was finished in just three weeks in August 2012 to provide shelter to the Hjertefolgers as they built their cob home out of sand, clay, water and other

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Light-filled Crown Sky Garden Offers Healing Properties at Children’s Hospital in Chicago

Light-filled Crown Sky Garden Offers Healing Properties at Children’s Hospital in Chicago

The Crown Sky Garden offers patients the chance to enjoy nature in a tactile and multi-sensory environment. A multi-colored wall crafted of folded and interlocking eco-resin panels changes in color from a

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Architects ‘Turn Around’ an Aging Victorian Home to Flood it With Natural Light

Architects ‘Turn Around’ an Aging Victorian Home to Flood it With Natural Light

Reworking the home's boundaries involved creating a whole new configuration for the structure and removing an existing bathroom. In addition to "turning" the house around, the architects added a new

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Amazing Casa Oruga in the Andes is Made from 12 Shipping Containers

Amazing Casa Oruga in the Andes is Made from 12 Shipping Containers

The magnificent Casa Oruga (Caterpillar) rests on a mountain slope in the suburbs of Santiago de Chile. Totally integrated to the landscape, the corrugated iron boxes will get rustier with time mimicking

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Skateistan Uses Shipping Containers to Build Massive Skatepark for Afghani Youth

Skateistan Uses Shipping Containers to Build Massive Skatepark for Afghani Youth

In 2007, Skateistan began working with children aged 5-17 in Kabul as a "sport through development" project. Skateboarding was the best option for the program because Afghanistan law prohibits girls from

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San Francisco’s Old Bay Bridge to be Recycled Into a Green Airbnb Home and Museum

San Francisco’s Old Bay Bridge to be Recycled Into a Green Airbnb Home and Museum

While driving over the bridge one day, David Grieshaber came up with the idea to convert the bridge into a house in order to save the old urban monument for posterity. Following a whole host of ideas on

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Re Rag Rug Makes Socially and Ecologically Responsible Rugs from Textile Waste

Re Rag Rug Makes Socially and Ecologically Responsible Rugs from Textile Waste

Re Rag Rug is an experimental design project that explores the social and ecological sustainability of the rug. Supported by the Swedish Art Grants Committee Konstnärsnämnden, the team behind the

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Awesome DIY FAB Velomobile is Made from Old Bikes and Walkers

Awesome DIY FAB Velomobile is Made from Old Bikes and Walkers

Industrial designer Mark Richardson has transformed a slew of salvaged materials into an awesome DIY velomobile! The Monash University lecturer began collecting old wheels, bike parts, and wheelchairs to

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Crazy 1966 VW Bus With Snowmobile Tracks and Sound System Takes the Party to the Slopes

Crazy 1966 VW Bus With Snowmobile Tracks and Sound System Takes the Party to the Slopes

Apres-ski party anyone? A handy engineer has converted a fully functioning 1966 VW Bus Bulli T1 into a snow-bound DJ machine complete with 1000 watt subwoofer and 2 x 300 watt speakers. Of course, a

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Treeson’s Brilliant Biodegradable Water Bottles are Recycled as Clean Energy

Treeson’s Brilliant Biodegradable Water Bottles are Recycled as Clean Energy

  After Treeson water company founder Carlton Solle took a trip to Costa Rica with his family five years ago and saw the dreadful plastic pollution littering the beach, he learned that less

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INTERVIEW: Architect and Author Alejandro Bahamon on ‘REMATERIAL From Waste to Architecture’

INTERVIEW: Architect and Author Alejandro Bahamon on ‘REMATERIAL From Waste to Architecture’

What is most impressive about the curated collection of material reuse architecture that Bahamón and Sanjinés found is the creativity. Peach pits are used as flooring, tire treads are used as roofing

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Jeremiah Johnson’s ‘House of Worship’ Repurposes the Prescription Pill Bottles He’s Collected Since Getting Sick

Jeremiah Johnson’s ‘House of Worship’ Repurposes the Prescription Pill Bottles He’s Collected Since Getting Sick

First known for his houses constructed from credit card applications, Jeremiah Johnson found a new use for all of the empty pill bottles he's collected since he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in

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Michael Neville’s Colorful Rockers Are Made From Recycled Cardboard

Michael Neville’s Colorful Rockers Are Made From Recycled Cardboard

Designer Michael Neville created these colorful recycled rockers as a material exploration of post-consumer cardboard pulp and natural dyes. The rockers are designed as functional furniture for young

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Clever LED Cork Light Transforms Any Wine Bottle into a Lamp

Clever LED Cork Light Transforms Any Wine Bottle into a Lamp

This clever LED bottle light lets you turn any old empty bottle into a glass lamp! The rechargeable light is shaped just like a cork, so it can slip into the empty bottle of your choice. The light charges

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Kayak Instructor Builds Tiny Woodland Home for $11,000

Kayak Instructor Builds Tiny Woodland Home for $11,000

Schulz's tiny woodland cottage measures 14' x 16', and it was built entirely from materials gathered at a local recycling yard and savaged wood from the surrounding forest. The resourceful instructor also

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Author Builds Tiny Solar-Powered Off Grid Cabin for Under $2,000!

Author Builds Tiny Solar-Powered Off Grid Cabin for Under $2,000!

Alexander's two-floor cabin measures 14x14 with space for a full loft, kitchen, bathroom, dining, living and office space. The space-efficient home can even sleep up to six people comfortably. In addition

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DIY: 3 Cool Crafts to Make with Household Twine

DIY: 3 Cool Crafts to Make with Household Twine

Photo © Third Floor Design Studio So, you're trapped indoors because it's -90 degrees outside, and you're going a little stir crazy. How can you combat the cabin fever that drives so many people up

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Fantastic Aluminum Origami Kiosks Pop Up in London

Fantastic Aluminum Origami Kiosks Pop Up in London

In order to develop these extraordinary structures, the London-based studio first made several paper models based on Origami shapes. The small humble designs were then translated into real life structures

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Ron van der Ende Builds Giant Mixtapes and Car Sculptures with Found Wood

Ron van der Ende Builds Giant Mixtapes and Car Sculptures with Found Wood

Van der Ende looks at the fragments of found wood that he collects as elements of a mosaic. Sorting each plank, remnant and small piece into piles of color and texture, the artist has the incredible

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Veronique Lamarre Turns Common Household Objects Into Exquisite Recycled Lamps

Veronique Lamarre Turns Common Household Objects Into Exquisite Recycled Lamps

Véronique Lamarre is an innovative industrial designer who is environment conscious from the beginning. After her Bachelor’s degree at the Université de Montréal she works for several years as

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Incredible Miniature Sculptures Carved From Pencil Tips

Incredible Miniature Sculptures Carved From Pencil Tips

Ghetti, who is originally from Brazil, uses his little lead canvases to explore all types of subjects. The image above depicts a part of his 26 pencil letter series - one pencil tip for each letter of

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