Reclaimed Materials

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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Massive Robot Elephant Cobbled Together with Reclaimed Materials

Massive Robot Elephant Cobbled Together with Reclaimed Materials

We've explored the joys of recycled robots before, but never any quite as elephantine as, well... this giant elephant. Built in France as part of the Machines of the Isle of Nantes, an art and culture

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Nightmarish Rat Lamp & 4 More Creepy Taxidermy Lamps

Nightmarish Rat Lamp & 4 More Creepy Taxidermy Lamps

You might think taxidermy is frightening or macabre, but if an animal is already dead, it can be an ethical way to celebrate the beauty of nature. Randall points out that it's a step away from the drab,

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Leading Architects Unveil Luxury Bug Hotels in London

Leading Architects Unveil Luxury Bug Hotels in London

The five competing firms and designs include: the Insect Hotel by Arup Associates; Brookfield Bug Buddies by Brookfield Europe and the Pinnacle team; Bumblebee City Nesters by Fisher Tomlin; Inn

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Decommissioned Subway Signs Get a Second Ride as Cool Furniture

Decommissioned Subway Signs Get a Second Ride as Cool Furniture

One of New York City’s greatest features is undoubtedly the subway system. 718 Made in Brooklyn, which we had the pleasure of peeping last weekend at BKLYN Designs, pays homage to the underground with

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Self-Sufficient Eco House Reuses 95% of Existing Building Materials

Self-Sufficient Eco House Reuses 95% of Existing Building Materials

Let's say that you found yourself in a possession of a lovely site with an old and dilapidated house. What is the green thing to do? Well, the Riddel Architecture team of David Gole and Emma Scragg

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Bangkok Gourmet Shop Interior Built From Wood Scraps

Bangkok Gourmet Shop Interior Built From Wood Scraps

When searching for ideas to build out the interior of a gourmet food shop in Bangkok, Architectkidd came across a community of carpenters in the nearby slums utilizing scrap wood from shipping pallets to

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Inhabitat’s Spring Greening DIY Design Competition: Get Your Entries In!

Inhabitat’s Spring Greening DIY Design Competition: Get Your Entries In!

ATTENTION GREEN DESIGNERS AND DIY EXPERTS! Want to put your DIY and upcycling skills to the ultimate test? Enter our second annual Spring Greening DIY Design Competition and go head to head with other

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Enter Inhabitat’s Spring Greening DIY Design Competition!

Enter Inhabitat’s Spring Greening DIY Design Competition!

Calling all green designers, spring cleaners, and DIY design junkies! Spring has sprung at last, which means that it's time to break out the brooms, clean our your closets, and enter our second annual

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Hidden House Is a Stunning Example of Sustainable Modern Architecture

Hidden House Is a Stunning Example of Sustainable Modern Architecture

Many architects and designers were caught dead in their tracks when the recent economic downturn struck. Standard architecture in Los Angeles successfully powers through by taking sustainable action,

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Salvaged Wood Table Shines With a Slice of Color

Salvaged Wood Table Shines With a Slice of Color

San Francisco-based Anzfer Farms has taken an array of reclaimed wood and turn it into a table of wild textures with an unexpected slice of color. Their Slice Reflection Table started out as salvaged

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