Reclaimed Materials

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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Design Proposal for the Newark Visitor Center Competition

Design Proposal for the Newark Visitor Center Competition

Last year, New Jersey held a competition to design a visitor center for their largest city, Newark. Over two hundred entries were submitted for the contest, which required the use of innovative

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Ames Cottage: A Small Space Marvel with Historic Roots

Ames Cottage: A Small Space Marvel with Historic Roots

One trend we noticed in this year’s AIA Homes Tours in San Francisco was how the frugal use of floor space and an abundance of natural light can add volume to otherwise downsized floor plans. Boor

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Varian Designs’ Reclaimed Furniture Fuses Old with New

Varian Designs’ Reclaimed Furniture Fuses Old with New

Old bequeaths new in Varian Designs' beautiful reclaimed furniture, which blends found materials and craftsman techniques with a modern aesthetic. Each piece in this sustainably crafted line is finished

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Reclaimed Space Prefab Sold on Ebay for $75K

Reclaimed Space Prefab Sold on Ebay for $75K

The fabulous Dwell on Design Show in LA last weekend showcased some amazing new products and home designs, like the organic 'Solar Ivy', and the Mormal Radziner Skyline Prefab Series. Even more exciting

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Stunning Stamen Chandeliers Made From Toothpicks

Stunning Stamen Chandeliers Made From Toothpicks

Designed by Daisuke Hiraiwa, these elegant echidna-esque Stamen chandeliers elevate an everyday material into brilliant expressions of found design. Each one is created by gluing hundreds of toothpicks

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Governors Island Envisioned as Incredible Eco-Park

Governors Island Envisioned as Incredible Eco-Park

New York's Governor's Island is set to receive an incredible set of renovations that will transform the 172-acre plot of decaying Coast Guard structures into a stunning eco-park. Designed by West 8,

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WEmake’s Beautiful Reclaimed Beryl & Friends Lamps

WEmake’s Beautiful Reclaimed Beryl & Friends Lamps

WEmake's beautiful Beryl and Friends lamps are composed from cast-off bases and lampshades that have fallen out of favor. The designers carefully refinish each component and then recombine them to

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SUSTAINABLE STYLE: Seraglia Recycled Accessories

SUSTAINABLE STYLE: Seraglia Recycled Accessories

Seraglia is a beautiful and ethical collection of romantic accessories, all hand-crafted in the UK by designer Lucy Wills. With a dedicated focus on environmental responsibility and genuine

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Reclaimed Wood Housewares by Domestic Aesthetic

Reclaimed Wood Housewares by Domestic Aesthetic

It takes more than renewable materials to turn the head of seasoned sustainable design fans. This is why our gaze fell so admirably on the line of housewares from Domestic Aesthetic while making our way

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MILAN 2008: Reclaimed Furniture by WIS Design

MILAN 2008: Reclaimed Furniture by WIS Design

WIS Design's Decades chest of drawers stopped us dead in our tracks at Salone Satellite. Dramatically positioned before a hot pink background, its combination of drawers were selectively rescued from

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PIECES OF YOU Pillows Made from Vintage Tags

PIECES OF YOU Pillows Made from Vintage Tags

Think a luxury pillow has to be made of silk? Think again- African-born, London-based designer Bridget West crafts gorgeous housewares, pillows, and throws, from vintage labels and tags that critique the

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Recycling Sculpture by Tony Cragg

Recycling Sculpture by Tony Cragg

British-born sculptor Tony Cragg uses color families and a carefully curated collection of flotsam and jetsam in his large-scale installations. Born in Liverpool, Cragg has an amazing collection of pieces

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TRANSPLASTIC Furniture by Campana Brothers

TRANSPLASTIC Furniture by Campana Brothers

Fernando and Humberto Campana, the Brazilian brother design duo, have long been known for their unique combination of craft-meets-contemporary, recycled-meets-high design furniture. This past summer, they

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