upcycled design

Jason Allerman Builds Functioning LEGO Keyboard With 1,500 Pieces

Jason Allerman Builds Functioning LEGO Keyboard With 1,500 Pieces

LEGO maniac Jason Allerman has used his enthusiasm for the toy bricks to create a fully functioning computer keyboard. Using over 1,500 LEGO pieces, Allerman transformed a discarded broken keyboard into a

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Brighton University Students Build a Prefab Pavilion With Timber Off-Cuts

Brighton University Students Build a Prefab Pavilion With Timber Off-Cuts

A striking building designed to have the smallest environmental footprint, the 2013 Brighton University graduate pavilion has a reciprocating grid structured roof - a low-tech intervention designed to

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Check Out Dog Tag Designs’ Hilarious Darth Vader Lamps at BKLYN Designs 2013

Check Out Dog Tag Designs’ Hilarious Darth Vader Lamps at BKLYN Designs 2013

We never realized that lamps could go to the dark side, but apparently they can if they're made by Brooklyn-based Dog Tag Designs. The furniture design studio has a penchant for taking unique objects

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6 Places You Can Find Trash to Transform into Treasure

6 Places You Can Find Trash to Transform into Treasure

Photo via Shutterstock 1. Thrift Stores Go to any town or city and you are bound to find a thrift store. Whether its run by Salvation Army, Goodwill, SPCA or owned by a private person, thrift stores

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Eco Designer Barley Massey’s Imaginerium is a Showcase for Creative Reuse

Eco Designer Barley Massey’s Imaginerium is a Showcase for Creative Reuse

From the beginning, Fabrications, on popular Broadway Market, has showcased creative use of reclaimed materials, including a storage wall custom made by Green Works from discarded office furniture. For

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Solar-Powered SPACE Shipping Container Office Produces Twice as Much Energy as it Consumes

Solar-Powered SPACE Shipping Container Office Produces Twice as Much Energy as it Consumes

SPACE stands for Solar Powered Adaptive Containers for Everyone and that's exactly what they are. The 140 square foot off grid structure comes with 20 rooftop solar panels that provide up to 350 kWh of

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Guests Can Sleep Under a LEGO Chandelier at Brighton’s Harrington Hotel

Guests Can Sleep Under a LEGO Chandelier at Brighton’s Harrington Hotel

If you’ve ever coveted the privacy of your own hotel, head to Brighton’s posh The Harrington. You’ll be left utterly alone, as the hotel only has one room! The clandestine digs are also chock full

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DIY: Make Your Own Adorable Clothespin Wedding Cake Toppers

DIY: Make Your Own Adorable Clothespin Wedding Cake Toppers

MATERIALS: Clothespins Acrylic Paints Paintbrushes Pencil Optional lace or tulle for veil and a glue gun STEP 1: Take a clothespin and turn it upside down. Use your pencil to draw in

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Missing Link Builds an Awesome Indoor Treehouse Inside Their New South African Office

Missing Link Builds an Awesome Indoor Treehouse Inside Their New South African Office

Samantha Dean is Missing Link's Managing Director and one of several people who went without sleep and fought with contractors on a daily basis in order to bring this incredible project to fruition.

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Supercyclers Upcycles Plastic Waste Into Fun and Colorful Decor

Supercyclers Upcycles Plastic Waste Into Fun and Colorful Decor

Have you collected so many plastic bags that you don't know what to do with them?  New Sydney based design brand Supercylers recently launched their Plastic Fantastic range at  The Other Hemisphere

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Designer Ed Chew Creates Brilliant Lamps From Recycled Drink Cartons

Designer Ed Chew Creates Brilliant Lamps From Recycled Drink Cartons

The TetraBox Spherical Lamp required approximately 450 empty soft drink packets and is 260mm in diameter. The boxes were unfolded and then transformed into 108 hexagons by cutting 6 strips of 6 squares,

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Valera Velev’s “Crimson” Rocking Chair is a Pollock-esque Recycled Masterpiece

Valera Velev’s “Crimson” Rocking Chair is a Pollock-esque Recycled Masterpiece

What would it look like if Jackson Pollock dabbled in furniture design? Our guess is that this dynamic rocking chair by Valera Velev would be a pretty close match. Called the "Crimson Rocker," it uses a

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Retro Modern Gives Mid-Century Furniture a Recycled Makeover

Retro Modern Gives Mid-Century Furniture a Recycled Makeover

Why purchase a brand new piece of furniture, when your grandmother's old mid-century sideboard can undergo the ultimate makeover and be recycled into a masterpiece ready to last another 50 years? The

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Recycled Doily Lamps are a Lacy Latticework of Light

Recycled Doily Lamps are a Lacy Latticework of Light

We've been avid followers of Shannon South's beguiling recycled bag line, RemadeUSA for some time, but we had no idea she had a knack for making light fixtures too! Apparently, she didn't either until she

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GoGreenGames are Made from Recycled Wood and Plastic Bags

GoGreenGames are Made from Recycled Wood and Plastic Bags

Peter Toomey, a Leander, Texas based deck builder, is making use of something that would normally be thrown away. Toomey has come up with a new way to recycle leftover composite deck boards and plastic

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Clever Fan Lamp is a Breath of Fresh Air for Your Decor

Clever Fan Lamp is a Breath of Fresh Air for Your Decor

We're big fans of this rather clever lime green lamp and we think you can see why. Conant Lighting, known for its ability to take defunct objects and transform them into extraordinary eco lighting,

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Purrrfect Cat Beds Made from Vintage Suitcases

Purrrfect Cat Beds Made from Vintage Suitcases

If you forgot to buy your favorite feline a holiday gift, you can always make it up to them by treating them to one of these adorable cat beds made from vintage suitcases. Made by Atomic Attic, each bed

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KUBIK: Recycled Water Tanks Transformed into a Glowing Holiday Pop Up Party in Vienna

KUBIK: Recycled Water Tanks Transformed into a Glowing Holiday Pop Up Party in Vienna

The latest light room installation was created by Balestra Berlin in conjunction with Festakt Eventagentur and glows a jolly red that is in keeping with the season. 152 disused water tanks were positioned

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Clever Side Table Turns Wood Scraps Into a City Skyline

Clever Side Table Turns Wood Scraps Into a City Skyline

This clever piece by Joost Wever is made from wood scraps pieced together to form a side table with modern appeal. The top is flat, depicting a patchwork pattern squares and rectangles -- but if you peek

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Cité a Docks: 100 Cool Dorm Rooms Made from Shipping Containers

Cité a Docks: 100 Cool Dorm Rooms Made from Shipping Containers

Since it's all too common for dormitories to feel jail-like and unwelcoming with their bland, uniform spaces, Cattani made sure they created an open feeling with their design (which can be quite a

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Kitschy Faux Bear Skin Rugs Are Perfect for Animal Lovers!

Kitschy Faux Bear Skin Rugs Are Perfect for Animal Lovers!

Love kitchy log cabin decor but can't stand the thought of cute animals suffering to feed your materialistic desires? Well check out Lise Lefebvre's awesome faux bear skin carpets that satisfy your floor

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Inhabitat’s Spring Greening Contest Winners on Sale!!!

Inhabitat’s Spring Greening Contest Winners on Sale!!!

Sarah Turner's Recycled Soda Bottle Lamps: Hanging White Soda Bottle Pendant starting at $675 Green and Blue Soda Bottle Table Lights starting at $280 Sarah Turner turns various plastic soda bottles

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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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