repurposed materials

Lundberg Design’s Striking Breur Cabin is Made of Leftover Materials from Five Past Projects

Lundberg Design’s Striking Breur Cabin is Made of Leftover Materials from Five Past Projects

The beautiful Breuer Cabin is filled with natural light coming in from reclaimed steel sash windows taken from at least five different projects. The floors are made from multicolored slate, which doesn't

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Artist Karrie Hovey Grows Gardens with Garbage in San Francisco

Artist Karrie Hovey Grows Gardens with Garbage in San Francisco

Artist Karrie Hovey makes gardens out of garbage - literally. The San Francisco-based artist recently filled the Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center for the Arts in Savannah, Georgia with thousands of

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Silos Topped With Stacks of Shipping Containers Provide Cheap Student Housing in South Africa

Silos Topped With Stacks of Shipping Containers Provide Cheap Student Housing in South Africa

According to official data, about half of South African undergraduate students drop out of school without a degree. Citiq is hoping to reduce that number by providing secure, comfortable and afffordable

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Four Stylish Green Grills for a Sustainable Memorial Day Weekend!

Four Stylish Green Grills for a Sustainable Memorial Day Weekend!

Like many Americans, you may be lighting up the barbecue this holiday weekend — but if you want to set yourself apart from the bands of boring black grills, take a cue from our guide to stylish green

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BOOK REVIEW: Salvage Secrets Design & Decor by Joanne Palmisano

BOOK REVIEW: Salvage Secrets Design & Decor by Joanne Palmisano

Salvage Secrets Design & Decor shows that helping out the environment does not mean compromising on style. With nearly 300 pages full of beautifully crisp photographs, resources, and design tips,

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Gleaming Pop-Up Habitat Made from Repurposed Photographic Reflective Panels Packs Down in a Jiffy

Gleaming Pop-Up Habitat Made from Repurposed Photographic Reflective Panels Packs Down in a Jiffy

The Pop-Up Habitat is a modular, multi-purpose system made of reflective panels. It uses their rigidity, flexibility and collapsibility to create an array of spatial configurations. Each module consists

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John McAslan + Partners Convert a 1929 Stone Barn into a Luminous Student Center

John McAslan + Partners Convert a 1929 Stone Barn into a Luminous Student Center

The completed barn conversion now serves as a welcoming new social center for the university's students. The interior space was extended significantly thanks to a new sloped roof. The architects left the

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GROWbag: Upcycled Billboard Gardening for Any Garden, Balcony, Driveway or Roof

GROWbag: Upcycled Billboard Gardening for Any Garden, Balcony, Driveway or Roof

GROWbag is a unique outdoor planter that offers an easy and attractive way to grow your own vegetables, herbs, plants and succulents regardless of the size of the garden, balcony, driveway or wall and

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Colorfully Renovated Ny Krohnborg School Revitalizes a Neighborhood in Bergen, Norway

Colorfully Renovated Ny Krohnborg School Revitalizes a Neighborhood in Bergen, Norway

Originally chosen to build a school on an old war bunker site located in Bergen, the Norwegian architects quickly realized that the bunker area was too small for the project, forcing the city to look for

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Stacks of Staples Create Ornate Patterns in Nilly Mozer’s 100K Stool

Stacks of Staples Create Ornate Patterns in Nilly Mozer’s 100K Stool

Designer Nilly Mozer creates beautiful furniture that can be customized with ornate patterns by sliding and arranging stacks of metal staples. Her simple "100K" piece can function as a table or a stool,

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Occupy Madison Builds Tiny Homes for the Homeless Using Recycled and Repurposed Materials

Occupy Madison Builds Tiny Homes for the Homeless Using Recycled and Repurposed Materials

Occupy Madison, a non-profit organization from Wisconsin, has built a tiny house for the homeless using recycled and repurposed materials. The 96 square foot home was built in only two months for about

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Light-Filled Three Cusps Chalet is a Beautifully Renovated 19th Century Portuguese Palace

Light-Filled Three Cusps Chalet is a Beautifully Renovated 19th Century Portuguese Palace

Working with limited space, Tiago do Vale decided to give the three-story home a vertical loft-style renovation that separates individual areas by level. The bottom level is currently the home's office or

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CANstruction Sculptures Made from Nearly 30,000 Cans of Food Fight Hunger in San Francisco

CANstruction Sculptures Made from Nearly 30,000 Cans of Food Fight Hunger in San Francisco

This year's CANstruction exhibition was part of the Architecture and the City Festival, and it was displayed in the atrium of the downtown Rincon Center, a popular lunch spot for office workers in San

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Jay Watson’s Repurposed Candy Dish Lamps Light up the London Design Festival

Jay Watson’s Repurposed Candy Dish Lamps Light up the London Design Festival

Jay Watson is certainly no stranger to innovative repurposed design, but his new line of "Just Desserts" lamps are his sweetest creations yet. The playful lamps put a new spin on something we’ve all

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Artists Repurpose SRAM Bike Parts into Fantastical Sculptures to Benefit Charity

Artists Repurpose SRAM Bike Parts into Fantastical Sculptures to Benefit Charity

The SRAM pART Project in Park City, UT is the fourth incarnation of the bike part sculpture charity auction, which was also held in Chicago, New York City, and Salt Spring Island in British Columbia.

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Shipping Container Homes Ease UK Homeless Crisis

Shipping Container Homes Ease UK Homeless Crisis

A slew of converted shipping containers are expected to help ease a growing homelessness epidemic in cities across England. The number of homeless youth has tripled in the UK in the last few years,

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Thousands of Donated CDs Transformed into an Alien-Like Art Installation by Leticia Bajuyo

Thousands of Donated CDs Transformed into an Alien-Like Art Installation by Leticia Bajuyo

An Associate Professor of Art at Hanover College, Indiana, the artist has been collecting and reusing waste materials since 2009. So far, her CD installations have transformed discs into several

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Architect Charles Newman About 15,000 Bottle Caps for Africa

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Architect Charles Newman About 15,000 Bottle Caps for Africa

What started as the 15,000 Bottle Caps for Africa concept just a few months ago is now an actual built computer learning center and library thanks to architect Charles Newman and the

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Chartana’s Cubox Table is Built from Salvaged Crates and Rolled Up Newspaper

Chartana’s Cubox Table is Built from Salvaged Crates and Rolled Up Newspaper

Designed by Chartana, the Cubox table is a distinctive piece of upcycled furniture. The main structure of the Cubox is crafted from wood salvaged from fruit crates, while the 4 sides are formed from

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DIY: 10 Amazing Homemade Terrariums That Also Make Great Gifts!

DIY: 10 Amazing Homemade Terrariums That Also Make Great Gifts!

  1. Ornament Terrarium Spruce up boring glass ornaments by turning them into terrariums. You can use any clear glass ornament that has a removable hanger. We suggest repurposing an old

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Beautiful KOKi Beach in Costa Rica Embraces the Environment With a Sustainable Spirit

Beautiful KOKi Beach in Costa Rica Embraces the Environment With a Sustainable Spirit

Capturing the essence of Costa Rica and its sustainable spirit, KOKi Beach embraces the environment and community in which it rests through a wide range of eco practices. Working principally with local

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Peter LeGrand Turns Recycled Materials into Useful Bike Trailers in Chicago

Peter LeGrand Turns Recycled Materials into Useful Bike Trailers in Chicago

Peter LeGrand recently sent us this tip about the awesome cargo bike trailers that he makes by hand out of recycled and found materials. “I have been using things like crutches, bed frames,

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Salvaged Chinese Riverboats Become Sturdy Shipwood Furniture Designs

Salvaged Chinese Riverboats Become Sturdy Shipwood Furniture Designs

Furniture designer Logan Komorowski salvages old Chinese riverboats and reinvents them as beautiful pieces of furniture laden with history and meaning. Dubbed Shipwood, the pieces Komorowski creates

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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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Inhabitando: Artists Give New Life to Abandoned Home With Glowing Installation

Inhabitando: Artists Give New Life to Abandoned Home With Glowing Installation

Seeing the beauty in an abandoned house, Elogio de la Sombra and lighting designer Luisa Alvarez transformed its interior into a glowing installation. The piece, called Inhabitando, created a world of

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EcoTech Builds Breathtaking Shipping Container Home in the Heart of the Mojave Desert

EcoTech Builds Breathtaking Shipping Container Home in the Heart of the Mojave Desert

The spacious two-story hybrid home was adapted to fit the media client’s needs with a separate photo studio and a large storage building on either end of the main structure. Ecotech built the residence

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Lattice: A Recycled Eco Art Installation That Sprouts and Grows

Lattice: A Recycled Eco Art Installation That Sprouts and Grows

Artist Jeff Schmuki uses common materials and repurposes them into art that comments on the real costs of over-consumption. Lattice is an undulating soft sculpture composed of nylon fabric tubes stuffed

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Lloydesign Creates Colorful Layered Stools and Tables from Salvaged Offcuts

Lloydesign Creates Colorful Layered Stools and Tables from Salvaged Offcuts

Using 95 percent recycled materials, Lloydesign creates beautifully layered eco-friendly furniture.

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Kevin Van Aelst Photographs Ordinary Objects in an Extraordinary Way

Kevin Van Aelst Photographs Ordinary Objects in an Extraordinary Way

Van Aelst has the keen ability to change the way we look at things in our everyday lives, from masking tape, to apples, chewed gum or old newspapers. With the aid of a sharp object, he turns a discarded

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Old Rail Engine Repurposed as Giant Trash Inhaling Machine

Old Rail Engine Repurposed as Giant Trash Inhaling Machine

This old rail engine was assigned to be scrap until Indian Rail engineers decided to use it to clean up the tracks instead. It's been fitted with a massive suction pipe that sucks up all of the garbage in

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