Recycled Materials

Tadashi Kawamata Covers Versailles in a Surreal Cascade of 5,000 Recycled Wooden Crates

Tadashi Kawamata Covers Versailles in a Surreal Cascade of 5,000 Recycled Wooden Crates

Tadashi Kawamata is known around the world for his site-specific temporary installations made from recycled materials - we recently showed you his crazy 20-foot pavilion made entirely from chairs. To make

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Laurens Van Wieringen Recycles Waste Plastic Into Colorful Fluid Tableware

Laurens Van Wieringen Recycles Waste Plastic Into Colorful Fluid Tableware

Dutch designer Laurens Van Wieringen collects rejected plastic items from factories and scrap yards and turns them into functional psychedelic objects. His “Mixed” tableware is made by melting

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Barbara Franc Transforms Recycled Objects Into Amazing Animal Sculptures

Barbara Franc Transforms Recycled Objects Into Amazing Animal Sculptures

Artist Barbara Franc transforms recycled materials and bits of wire into elaborate sculptures of living creatures from every branch of the animal kingdom. Her three-dimensional works range from a

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6 Super Easy DIY Gifts For Your Valentine’s Day Sweetie

6 Super Easy DIY Gifts For Your Valentine’s Day Sweetie

DIY Smart Phone Gloves Smart phones are great, but not when it's 10 degrees out and you need to send a text. Make sure your sweetie's digits are warm by transforming a pair of gloves into texting

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Reed Residence: A Zero-Energy Mountain Retreat in Colorado Made From Reclaimed Wood

Reed Residence: A Zero-Energy Mountain Retreat in Colorado Made From Reclaimed Wood

Located in Colorado’s Elkins Meadow (US), the Reed Residence is a zero-energy cozy shelter for a family of four. Half of the roof is clad with sun-gathering panels and the other half is a luscious green

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Living Pots are Sustainable Modular Gardens Made with Scrap Metal and Logs

Living Pots are Sustainable Modular Gardens Made with Scrap Metal and Logs

Living Pots by Design Nobis are sustainable cultivation units that are comprised of 100 percent recyclable and reused materials. Made out of simple bent metal pieces and scrap pieces of log, the pots are

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Recycled “Gecekondoo” Emergency Shelters Could Provide Relief to Displaced Residents of Istanbul

Recycled “Gecekondoo” Emergency Shelters Could Provide Relief to Displaced Residents of Istanbul

The Turkish Government recently voted on a ‘’disaster risk’’ law that will demolish and rebuild roughly 7,000,000 dwellings in Turkey over the next 20 years. Although the object of this law is to

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Artist Tadashi Kawamata Stacks Hundreds of Chairs Into a 20-Foot-High Sculpture

Artist Tadashi Kawamata Stacks Hundreds of Chairs Into a 20-Foot-High Sculpture

Born in Hokkaido, Japan, Kawamata has been featured in important international events from a very young age. He creates smashing art installations using scrap materials and repurposed objects like

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Steven Morgana’s Cardboard Geodesic Dome Suspended by Balancing Waste By-Products

Steven Morgana’s Cardboard Geodesic Dome Suspended by Balancing Waste By-Products

This fantastic geodesic dome is constructed entirely from discarded cardboard boxes by Steven Morgana. That in itself is a fantastic green idea, and its brown and green panels visually reflect its earthy

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Transfodesign Turns a Recycled Refrigerator Into a Cool Couch

Transfodesign Turns a Recycled Refrigerator Into a Cool Couch

Transfodesign has transformed an old non-recyclable household refrigerator into a funky sofa! Dubbed 'Menage a Trois', the cool couch is coated with VOC-free paint and features cushions made from recycled

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ARCHI7’s Prefab MMR House is Made from Recycled Materials and Features Brilliant Interiors

ARCHI7’s Prefab MMR House is Made from Recycled Materials and Features Brilliant Interiors

Built as a single compact volume, ARCHI7’s single-family home has a very small footprint; it is designed to maximize its exposure to the sun. The home's exteriors are clad with local Mélèze and the

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New Jerusalem Orphanage is a Vibrant Shipping Container Home for South African Kids

New Jerusalem Orphanage is a Vibrant Shipping Container Home for South African Kids

Two sisters established the orphanage in 2000 in order to care for children in the Midrand who have been either abandoned or orphaned because of poverty, HIV or other social problems. Due to expansion,

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Help Save Unwanted Pallets By Giving Them New Lives as Chairs or Tables

Help Save Unwanted Pallets By Giving Them New Lives as Chairs or Tables

Gas&Air Studios was launched in 2010 when two British design students started messing around with a pile of broken shipping pallets. After many design iterations the duo came up with a simple and

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Former Greenhouse Transformed into a Vibrant Eatery in Amsterdam’s Quirky Old Shipyard

Former Greenhouse Transformed into a Vibrant Eatery in Amsterdam’s Quirky Old Shipyard

Artists, squatters and skaters started NDSM during the 1990s after the Dutch Dock and Shipbuilding Company went bankrupt in 1984. It's very easy to get to the area, as it only takes a short (free) ferry

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Econtainer Recycled Shipping Container Bridge to Provide Gateway to Tel-Aviv’s Ariel Sharon National Park

Econtainer Recycled Shipping Container Bridge to Provide Gateway to Tel-Aviv’s Ariel Sharon National Park

The architects were inspired by the Ariel Sharon National Park itself, which is turning an old urban rubbish dump into a flourishing green space. The reuse of shipping containers makes perfect sense, as

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Old Made Creative’s Versatile Pop-Up Display Is 100% Recycled and Recyclable

Old Made Creative’s Versatile Pop-Up Display Is 100% Recycled and Recyclable

Australia's Old Made Creative recently launched ‘Emerge’, a new pop-up display and screen that is made entirely from recycled materials and 100% recyclable after use. Inspired by the relationship

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OYD Design’s Flatpack FL Inout Chair is Made From Recycled Wood Waste

OYD Design’s Flatpack FL Inout Chair is Made From Recycled Wood Waste

OYD Design's FL Inout Chair is a flatpack lounge chair designed to offer comfort, ease of use and aesthetics while minimizing material use. The chair is made from polyester web and it features a wood

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Loopcamp: Giant Musical Recycled Paper Cylinders Rise From The Dusty Desert Plain at Burning Man

Loopcamp: Giant Musical Recycled Paper Cylinders Rise From The Dusty Desert Plain at Burning Man

Black Rock City is carefully organized in a giant semi-circle with grid rows that all face the open desert, and the scene of the final burning event. Malka Architecture installed their recycled cylinders,

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Recycled Shipping Pallet Pavilion Springs Up in Christchurch, New Zealand

Recycled Shipping Pallet Pavilion Springs Up in Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch, New Zealand suffered a number of devastating earthquakes in the past 2 years, which left almost 200 people dead and thousands without a home. Now artists and architects are rebuilding the

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Hundreds of Discarded Books Spew From the Windows of the Hague’s Meermanno Museum

Hundreds of Discarded Books Spew From the Windows of the Hague’s Meermanno Museum

Foreign comic books, romantic novels, heavy encyclopedias and children’s schoolbooks are all part of Alicia Martín bizarre creations. Martin’s latest work at the Museum Meermanno is a monumental book

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Reinier de Jong’s STEEL Chair is Made From Recycled Broom Handles

Reinier de Jong’s STEEL Chair is Made From Recycled Broom Handles

Dutch designer Reinier de Jong gives new life to old broomsticks with his STEEL chair (steel actually means handle in Dutch). Each chair is made from 10 meters of handles that still show traces of their

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The Eco-Amp is a Low-Cost iPhone Speaker Made from Recycled Materials

The Eco-Amp is a Low-Cost iPhone Speaker Made from Recycled Materials

We've seen iPhone amplifiers made from bamboo cane, transformed vinyl records and sculptural ceramic. Now Eco-made has produced the Eco-amp - an affordable, pocket-sized speaker made from recycled

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Même Experimental House: A Luminous Reinterpretation of Japanese Earth and Grass Architecture

Même Experimental House: A Luminous Reinterpretation of Japanese Earth and Grass Architecture

Instead of using earth and grass, Kengo Kuma framed Même – Experimental House with Japanese Larch and wrapped the 79.5 square meter space in a semi-transparent membrane that permits natural light to

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Port-A-Bach: A Globetrotting Shipping Container Micro Home on Wheels!

Port-A-Bach: A Globetrotting Shipping Container Micro Home on Wheels!

Portable, secure and comparatively inexpensive, the Port-A-Bach is a home made from a single repurposed shipping container. It can accommodate two adults and two children, and every inch was

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Giant Glowing Sculpture Made From Crushed PET Bottles Rises at the Venice Architecture Bienniale

Giant Glowing Sculpture Made From Crushed PET Bottles Rises at the Venice Architecture Bienniale

Garcia and Siuda created Devebere after winning the Gau:di student competition for sustainable architecture. The temporary sculpture provided a free space for recreation and relaxation—and created some

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Handwoven Bundubags Are Made From Recycled Cargo Straps

Handwoven Bundubags Are Made From Recycled Cargo Straps

Bundubags makes innovative, totally recycled bags with a core belief that lives can be changed by good design. Bundubags began with a creative idea, a love of contemporary African design and a desire to

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“Party Wall” Made of Skateboard Scraps Wins MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program Competition

“Party Wall” Made of Skateboard Scraps Wins MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program Competition

Every year, New Yorkers look forward to MoMA PS1's Warm Up parties as a symbol of summer fun, and it looks like they'll be in for a treat once again. The Long Island City museum recently announced the

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O+A’s Recycled Shipping Container Theater Pops Up in Amsterdam’s Shipyard

O+A’s Recycled Shipping Container Theater Pops Up in Amsterdam’s Shipyard

O+A's temporary stage was made using repurposed containers as building blocks. It lasted only two weeks but it provoked long-lasting impressions due to its overwhelming scale. The containers were stacked

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Pool Box: A Deluxe Backyard Pool Made From a Recycled Dumpster

Pool Box: A Deluxe Backyard Pool Made From a Recycled Dumpster

New Orleans-based architect Stefan Beese dove headfirst into recycled design by converting a defunct dumpster into a pristine backyard pool! The Pool Box is made from a 22' x 7' steel refuse container

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Beautiful Tapestry of Tin and Mirrors Appears on NYC’s High Line

Beautiful Tapestry of Tin and Mirrors Appears on NYC’s High Line

Ghanian artist El Anatsui recently brought his distinctive style to New York's High Line park with a striking tapestry of tin and mirrors that seems to shatter the side of the building it adorns. Called

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