Reclaimed Materials

Lorenzo Durantini’s Towering Sculptures Made From Thousands of VHS Tapes Explore Obsolescence and Outdated Media

Lorenzo Durantini’s Towering Sculptures Made From Thousands of VHS Tapes Explore Obsolescence and Outdated Media

London-based artist and curator Lorenzo Durantini has gathered thousands of old unwanted VHS tapes to make towering (and almost menacing) sculptures from them. These monoliths of outdated technology offer

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Craig Henritzy’s SunHawk House in Mendocino County is an Off-Grid, Solar-Powered Home

Craig Henritzy’s SunHawk House in Mendocino County is an Off-Grid, Solar-Powered Home

In 1978, Schaeffer founded Real Goods Solar in Hopland, California, one of the nation's first solar energy companies, and his solar panels power the home. A large array of solar photovoltaic panels line

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ITZ MayanWoodsFurniture Turns Fallen Trees Into Beautiful New Handcrafted Pieces

ITZ MayanWoodsFurniture Turns Fallen Trees Into Beautiful New Handcrafted Pieces

ITZ MayanWoodsFurniture specializes in handcrafting furniture from precious woods in its purest form. Taking wood from fallen trees caused by hurricanes and fires in the Mayan Jungle of southern Quintana

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Graphic Artist Daniel Speight Turns Discarded Books into Screenprinted Cityscapes

Graphic Artist Daniel Speight Turns Discarded Books into Screenprinted Cityscapes

Iconic buildings like the Tower of London or the Gherkin might appear across a tall vertical stack of Daniel Speight's hardcovered books. Another collection features horizontal rows of books screen

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SOL Grotto is a Cool & Mesmerizing Space Made With Reclaimed Solyndra Rods in Berkeley

SOL Grotto is a Cool & Mesmerizing Space Made With Reclaimed Solyndra Rods in Berkeley

SOL Grotto is part of a larger project called Natural Discourse at UC Botanical Gardens at Berkeley, where artists, architects, scientists and poets have been invited to spend time in the gardens and

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Send The Pen Guy Your Dead Pens To Help With New Reclaimed Art Projects

Send The Pen Guy Your Dead Pens To Help With New Reclaimed Art Projects

For the past 7 years, Costas Schuler has been collecting old pens to add to his collection and cover his car in them. The 1981 Mercedes Benz now has over 10,000 pens covering it and is still running with

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Chattanooga’s Crash Pad is World’s First LEED Platinum Hostel

Chattanooga’s Crash Pad is World’s First LEED Platinum Hostel

Designed by local architectural designers Blythe Bailey and Taylor Bowers of River Street Architecture, the Crash Pad features an incredible amount of sustainable features for such a small building. Many

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2012 Architecten Design a Mobile Ice Cream Stand Made Out of Recycled Refrigerators

2012 Architecten Design a Mobile Ice Cream Stand Made Out of Recycled Refrigerators

Built by Wout Rockx (Xenomobile) and Joris Rockx, the collapsible ice cream stand can undergo a transformer-like cranking to reveal an open space for scooping and serving cool treats. (Watch the video

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Lynne Knowlton’s Treehouse is a Sanctuary Made from Reclaimed Materials in Canada

Lynne Knowlton’s Treehouse is a Sanctuary Made from Reclaimed Materials in Canada

  Lynne Knowlton's, reclaimed material treehouse is a sweet dream for both children and adults. For children, its a playhouse in the trees complete with a slide to make a quick exit. For adults,

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Dennis Design Center’s Milan Pop-Up Shop is a Shipping Pallet Refueling Station

Dennis Design Center’s Milan Pop-Up Shop is a Shipping Pallet Refueling Station

DENNIS Design Center was asked to exhibit at the Milan Furniture Fair and they took over a space in a parking lot just outside of the entrance. The collective is focussed on showcasing design, encouraging

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Noorderparkbar is a Coffee Shack Made From Second Hand Materials in Amsterdam

Noorderparkbar is a Coffee Shack Made From Second Hand Materials in Amsterdam

Bureau SLA & Overtreders W came up with a great idea for a coffee shop in Florapark next to the Noorderparkkamer, but for it to be affordable they were going to have to be creative with how and where

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Sugarhouse Studios Pop-Up Cinema & Workshop Encourages Community Interaction in London

Sugarhouse Studios Pop-Up Cinema & Workshop Encourages Community Interaction in London

The site for Sugarhouse Studios is located south of the Olympic Park in a former sign-writers workshop, which is scheduled for demolition 2013 as part of a new residential and business development. Rather

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Automobile Scrap Metal Transformed into Unique ReWreck Sideboard by Iannone Design

Automobile Scrap Metal Transformed into Unique ReWreck Sideboard by Iannone Design

Iannone Design have transformed sections of salvaged automotive panels into this stunning ReWreck Sideboard. Launched this week at ICFF in New York, the reclaimed sheetmetal furniture takes full advantage

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Reclaimed Cleveland’s Salvaged Furniture Shines at the ICFF

Reclaimed Cleveland’s Salvaged Furniture Shines at the ICFF

Reclaimed Cleveland's team attends the demolition of historic buildings throughout the city in order to create a special record of their unique sourcing process. They then salvage the materials such as

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Google’s London Campus Features Ultra Flexible Shipping Container Working Spaces

Google’s London Campus Features Ultra Flexible Shipping Container Working Spaces

Google Campus is a seven story co-working and event space in the center of London's tech hub, otherwise known as Silicon Roundabout. The co-working facility provides office space for Google employees and

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Hannes Bend’s ‘Eclipse’ Installation Opens Eyes to the Artificial Reef Catastrophe

Hannes Bend’s ‘Eclipse’ Installation Opens Eyes to the Artificial Reef Catastrophe

Back in 1972, a well-meaning nonprofit group came up with the idea of creating an artificial reef off the South Florida coast using two million old tires. The sunken rubber was supposed to lure game fish

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Swoon’s Dithyrambalina is a New Orleans Shanty Town That Doubles as Giant Music Box

Swoon’s Dithyrambalina is a New Orleans Shanty Town That Doubles as Giant Music Box

Each “house” in the Dithyrambalina shanty town is constructed from a hodgepodge mismatched windows, reclaimed wood, musical instrument parts and found objects, all from the New Orleans area. The house

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Wikado Playground is Built From Recycled Wind Turbine Blades in The Netherlands

Wikado Playground is Built From Recycled Wind Turbine Blades in The Netherlands

Located in Rotterdam, Wikado is a renovated playground space designed by 2012Architecten for Kinderparadijs Meidoorn. The 1200 sq meter play space was in bad shape and in need of renovation so

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LaVance Shade Screen Protects an Outdoor Kitchen From the Intense Sun in Arizona

LaVance Shade Screen Protects an Outdoor Kitchen From the Intense Sun in Arizona

Home owner Michael LaVance desperately needed shade for his backyard outdoor barbecue pit and kitchen in Scottsdale, Arizona. In collaboration with Benjamin Hall of Benjamin Hall Design, LaVance drafted a

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Tiny Texas Houses Are Colorful Abodes Made from Reclaimed Materials

Tiny Texas Houses Are Colorful Abodes Made from Reclaimed Materials

Brad Kittel promotes a philosophy called Pure Salvage Living that takes advantage of materials already out there in existence, but not being used. Through his company Tiny Texas Houses, Kittel has been

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The Poor Porker is a New Site Dedicated to DIY Upcycling on a Budget

The Poor Porker is a New Site Dedicated to DIY Upcycling on a Budget

The Poor Porker a rising DIY portal for the crafty, creative, and self-reliant “trash into treasure” aficionado. Founded in 2012 by eco-friendly duo Robyn and Jarrid, the site features new ways to

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Thomas Troisch Cobbles Together Colorful Sea Glass Chandeliers Using Recycled Materials

Thomas Troisch Cobbles Together Colorful Sea Glass Chandeliers Using Recycled Materials

Thomas Troisch cobbles together reclaimed materials and colorful seaglass to make these unique chandeliers. "After having stared at one too many $1,295 rental apartment excuses for a ceiling light, I

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Brew Tavern and Cafe in Michigan Offers Local Produce Within a 100 Year Old Opera House

Brew Tavern and Cafe in Michigan Offers Local Produce Within a 100 Year Old Opera House

The Opera House's maple floors, yellow masonry and rustic tin ceiling have been rescued and restored creating a friendly and unique atmosphere. Making the most out of the space, Brew will be continually

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Awesome Shinto-Inspired Sleeping Cabin Made From Reclaimed Materials In California

Awesome Shinto-Inspired Sleeping Cabin Made From Reclaimed Materials In California

This reclaimed wood sleeping cabin was built by Simple Shelter Texas on a 40 acre site in California. Starting with a pile of reclaimed fencing and some other reclaimed wood, Victor Summers built this

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Montreal’s Cluny ArtBar is a Hot Spot Furnished with Salvaged Materials

Montreal’s Cluny ArtBar is a Hot Spot Furnished with Salvaged Materials

The Darling Foundry was transformed as an adaptive reuse project in 2002 by In Situ Design after being abandoned for over 10 years. The new building houses three exhibition spaces, as well as a network

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Benjamin Bullins Crafts a Chic Sink & Vanity from an Old Bike

Benjamin Bullins Crafts a Chic Sink & Vanity from an Old Bike

An old, vintage bike becomes something to primp over in this design that turned a forgotten two-wheeler into a beautifully hand-crafted vanity and sink. Created by New Orleans-based crafter and decorator

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Indo Teak’s Gorgeous Flooring is Reclaimed from Architectural Salvage

Indo Teak’s Gorgeous Flooring is Reclaimed from Architectural Salvage

If you’re looking to revamp your home’s flooring, then Indo Teak’s sustainable flooring is a great green option. The eco-conscious company sources its reclaimed teak for flooring, beams, lumber and

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Ted Moallem’s Braille-It Labeler Prints Tactile Labels for the Blind

Ted Moallem’s Braille-It Labeler Prints Tactile Labels for the Blind

Blind people have been long overlooked when it comes to social advancement and technological innovation, and Moallem's labeler offers a simple, affordable solution that will have its largest impact in the

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DERELICT: Recycled Modern Furnishings Give Reclaimed Wood New Life

DERELICT: Recycled Modern Furnishings Give Reclaimed Wood New Life

Designers Tõnis Kalve and Ahti Grünberg find a fresh new life for reclaimed wood in their series of "Derelict" tables and chairs. The project explores the process of establishing an equilibrium between

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Designers Breathe New Life Into Old Chairs at ‘Chairs for Charity’

Designers Breathe New Life Into Old Chairs at ‘Chairs for Charity’

Before you throw away that wobbly old stool, or that faded easy chair with Aunt Maggie's favorite pattern on it, consider giving it a second chance at life with a good sanding, some new screws, and

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