Reclaimed Materials

Make Your Own DIY iPad Stand Using Leftover Takeout Chopsticks

Make Your Own DIY iPad Stand Using Leftover Takeout Chopsticks

If nights of Chinese takeout have left you with a drawer full of leftover chopsticks, here is an easy way for you to use them up and create a nifty stand for your iPad. Seen on ReadyMade as part of their

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Help Bring a Sustainable TreeHouse to Governors Island, NYC This Summer

Help Bring a Sustainable TreeHouse to Governors Island, NYC This Summer

If you never got to play in a treehouse as a kid, here's your chance to frolic in one that's being planned for New York City this summer! Called "A Sustainable TreeHouse," the arboreal art exhibit is

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Lamp Party: Rainbow Colored Lights Made of Recycled Straws, Cups and Plates

Lamp Party: Rainbow Colored Lights Made of Recycled Straws, Cups and Plates

Cleaning up after a party can be a real drag - but it can also be a clever way to scavenge for materials for your next craft project. Case in point: Fabio de Minicis' fab lamps made out of recycled party

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Massive Closet Made From 918 Analog Cassette Tapes

Massive Closet Made From 918 Analog Cassette Tapes

Wondering what to do with all of your old Boyz II Men and New Kids on the Block tapes? You could take a cue from Dutch designer Patrick Schuur and turn them into a useful closet where you can store, well,

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Fallen Maples Home Makes Use of Felled Trees For Interior Touches

Fallen Maples Home Makes Use of Felled Trees For Interior Touches

Dubbed Fallen Maples, this custom home was designed to blend in harmoniously with the heavily wooded two-acre lot it sits on in the Cascade Mountain foothills east of Seattle. The house has several cool

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Blender Lamp is the Perfect Mixture of Style and Sustainability

Blender Lamp is the Perfect Mixture of Style and Sustainability

Talk about the perfect blend of style and sustainable design. This clever hanging lamp by BootsNGus was upcycled from an old blender and provides a unique dose of green lighting to any kitchen. It already

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Company Reclaims and Repurposes Over 5 Million Feet of Wood Fencing

Company Reclaims and Repurposes Over 5 Million Feet of Wood Fencing

Centennial Woods reclaims wood from snow fences across Wyoming and sells the sustainable harvested wood for both interior and exterior applications. The wood is a stunning mixture of grays and browns in

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Giant Boat Shaped Houses in Encinitas, California May Not Be What You Think

Giant Boat Shaped Houses in Encinitas, California May Not Be What You Think

While the faux ship homes would most likely sink right away if ever placed on the open sea, the clever way they are positioned at 726-732 Third St. would fool almost anyone. They "sail" right next to one

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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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How to Make Your Own Recycled Wood Shipping Pallet Dining Table

How to Make Your Own Recycled Wood Shipping Pallet Dining Table

Our friends at ReadyMade sent us a batch of creative DIY projects that reuse reclaimed materials, and this shipping pallet table really caught our eye. Crafted by Jen Turner, who got the idea from a

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Historic Goods Shed Revamped into a Vibrant Warehouse Workplace

Historic Goods Shed Revamped into a Vibrant Warehouse Workplace

The clients, VicUrban and Building Commission & Plumbing Industry Commission (BC/PIC) are both known for their commitment to the environment, so they wanted their new workplaces to walk that walk that

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Preserved Cannon Foundry Wrapped in a Glass Box Makes for a Striking Modern House

Preserved Cannon Foundry Wrapped in a Glass Box Makes for a Striking Modern House

The home is located on a site near Vilnius, Lithuania, and based on an original structure that served as a cannon foundry back in the Middle Ages. The old yellow brick lodge was preserved lovingly by the

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Cedar Haven is a Forest Retreat Made with Reclaimed Logs

Cedar Haven is a Forest Retreat Made with Reclaimed Logs

Cedar Haven is a forest retreat inspired by the cedar trees and tranquility of its surrounding area. Following the specifications of the homeowners who wanted an escape that would fit amicably on a site

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Jurgen Bey’s Fallen Tree Trunk Bench for Droog

Jurgen Bey’s Fallen Tree Trunk Bench for Droog

Seasonal winds and unexpected storms give way to thousands of fallen trees across the country each year. So rather than sending those trunks down the wood chipper, designer Jurgen Bey has reclaimed these

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Thoreau-Inspired Sustainable Cabin Rises Up in West Texas

Thoreau-Inspired Sustainable Cabin Rises Up in West Texas

More than a century ago, Henry David Thoreau asked, “What’s the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” He might not have been pondering climate change or green design,

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Helical Earthbag Shelter Built by Taliesin Student

Helical Earthbag Shelter Built by Taliesin Student

Each year a number of students at Taliesin take part in the design/build shelter program in order to get a hands-on learning experience in building what they design. Many students as of late are building

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House of Contamination is an Indoor Village Made Entirely of Trash

House of Contamination is an Indoor Village Made Entirely of Trash

Images © raumforschung Described as a "project within a project" the junky cultural center is located inside Artissima's Oval pavilion. Aside being an artpiece within itself, the massive temporary

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8 Awesome Things Made From Recycled Blue Jeans

8 Awesome Things Made From Recycled Blue Jeans

Striking Geometric Dress Made from Recycled Wide Leg Jeans What do you do when you're sitting on a pile of old wide legs jeans that just aren't in fashion anymore? Well if you're designer Hyun Gun Jang,

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Tribeca Recycled Pipe Chandelier Dripping with Crystals

Tribeca Recycled Pipe Chandelier Dripping with Crystals

The Tribeca Bar Chandelier is so extravagant, it's hard to fathom that it was fabricated using re-purposed pipes. Designed by Michael McHale Designs, the fixture features simple 28” linear construction

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Colored Pencil Shelf Adds a Burst of Brightness to Any Room

Colored Pencil Shelf Adds a Burst of Brightness to Any Room

Designer Dominic Wilcox has created an awesome shelf made entirely of colored pencils. He glued all of the pencils together in two rows to create a surprisingly sturdy surface, and even the brackets that

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Design for Reuse Primer: Inspiration for Reclaimed Materials

Design for Reuse Primer: Inspiration for Reclaimed Materials

Turning architectural trash into treasure, Public Architecture’s new e-publication 'Design for Reuse Primer' provides excellent inspiration as well as plenty of eye candy for those looking to give a

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Shipping Crate Transformed into Unique Furniture

Shipping Crate Transformed into Unique Furniture

Shipping crates live nomadic lives as they travel around the world to transport our goods, food and furniture. However, the Italian designer Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba has given one of these crates a

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Barn Loft Tables Blend Modern Design With Agricultural History

Barn Loft Tables Blend Modern Design With Agricultural History

Here at Inhabitat we love projects that combine modern design with rustic details. So when we spotted these Barn Loft Tables by The Steel Fork, we couldn't help but be enamored by their simple yet refined

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Claire Potter Design + CompARTment Pop Up Shop in UK

Claire Potter Design + CompARTment Pop Up Shop in UK

Instead of going on holiday this year, eco design practice Claire Potter Design has decamped from its usual base to create a temporary pop-up studio in the Open Market in central Brighton, UK. They'll be

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Notebook Made of Old Circuit Boards is Perfect for Back to School

Notebook Made of Old Circuit Boards is Perfect for Back to School

We're big fans of stuff that's been upcycled from old circuitboards, which is why we were delighted to come across these awesome notebooks. Made of defunct computer parts, they're perfect for taking

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Beautiful Student-Built Prefab Office Wins AIA Citation

Beautiful Student-Built Prefab Office Wins AIA Citation

A design/build project at the California Academy of Art turned out to be an award-winning affair for a group of five architecture students who built this beautiful prefabricated outdoor office. Located in

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Pretty Pottery Made Out of Recycled Paper and Sand

Pretty Pottery Made Out of Recycled Paper and Sand

These pretty vases by Ceylon are made from recycled paper and sand and are biodegradable and (believe it or not) waterproof! The wooden parts of the pieces are made from leftover scraps from the furniture

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Six Gun Table Assembled from Recycled Drum Kit Parts

Six Gun Table Assembled from Recycled Drum Kit Parts

This clever Six Gun Table was crafted out of an old drum kit for the Sea No Evil art benefit. The table was assembled using three scrap drum shells that were cut through their center axes and then routed

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Gorgeous Eco-Friendly Corbel Desk Made of Reclaimed Teak

Gorgeous Eco-Friendly Corbel Desk Made of Reclaimed Teak

A lot of the eco-friendly furniture we showcase here on Inhabitat has a more modern look, but if you're looking for a piece with some old school charm, don't miss this beautiful desk by restoration

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Beer Can House Has 50,000 “Bottles of Beer” on the Walls

Beer Can House Has 50,000 “Bottles of Beer” on the Walls

Milkovisch began the project in 1968 by inlaying marbles, rocks, and metal pieces into the house and plot, creating unique landscaping features. After the whole front and back yards were completely

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