Category Archives: Reuse Design

Throwback Post: Our Crafty Home | Wood Shingle Christmas Tree

We were rummaging through when we saw a bundle of wooden shingles left over from when we had the house painted a few years ago. Immediately, Alberto said “Christmas tree!” and just as quickly, I said “Of course!” (Don’t try to figure out how we do this, it just is…)

Source: Our Crafty Home | Wood Shingle Christmas Tree

BOSS Magazine | Seven Impressive Homes Built with Recycled Materials

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The Collage House — Mumbai, India

Visionary architects have met the challenge of green construction with flair and ingenuity, creating unique works of art that shirk the status quo. The results of their creativity are often beautiful.

Source: BOSS Magazine | Seven Impressive Homes Built with Recycled Materials

Starting This Friday Crackedpots Holiday Shop at Lloyd Center Mall – Portland, Oregon

Starting this Friday!

November 30th at 10:00 a.m.

Crackedpots Holiday Shop encourages shoppers to reconsider the disposable nature of the season with thoughtful alternative gifts made from reclaimed materials!

Crackedpots Holiday Shop features fine art and craft by 40 local artists that utilize and upcycle waste materials.

Artwork in a variety of media will be on display and for sale including: metal, textiles, jewelry, assemblage, wood and collage. 

Source: 2018 Crackedpots Holiday Shop — crackedpots

Green Project’s Salvations to auction furniture, art made from recycled materials | Entertainment/Life | theadvocate.com

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“Fifi’s Seat,” one of the winners form the Salvage Design Competition 2018 held by the Green Project.

The pieces will be auctioned to benefit the Green Project, a group founded in New Orleans in 1994 to “promote a culture of creative reuse by diverting usable materials from landfills and cultivating a respect for their value.”

Source: Green Project’s Salvations to auction furniture, art made from recycled materials | Entertainment/Life | theadvocate.com

Artist of Breckenridge troll says town is allowing him to rebuild it

The large wooden troll, “Isak Heartstone,” made by artist Thomas Dambo during Breckenridge International Festival of the Arts in August, sitting in the snow Wednesday. (Hugh Carey, Summit Daily News via AP)

“The city took him gently apart, and once the snow melts, I will be back to rebuild him in a new location,” he wrote.

Source: Artist of Breckenridge troll says town is allowing him to rebuild it

Brooklyn’s Domino Park blends industrial chic with careful pacing – Archpaper.com

The fog bridge connects the entire park. When the mist lifts, visitors can see the East River below. (Daniel Levin)

According to Lisa Switkin, senior principal at JCFO, “Integrating the artifact walk with custom furniture made from reclaimed wood from the Raw Sugar Warehouse creates a unique experience where people come into contact with remnants of the original refinery and have an up-close relationship with those artifacts.”

Source: Brooklyn’s Domino Park blends industrial chic with careful pacing – Archpaper.com

Surfboard made from 150 aluminum cans and vinyl records for fins wins Vissla ‘Upcycle’ contest – Orange County Register

People look at a board made by Titouan La Droitte from France. It’s made from 150 aluminum cans and foam and wood scraps as recycled surfboards made from wacky materials are on display at the Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano Friday, Oct. 26, 2018. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

Naude marveled at the choice of the vinyl records for the board’s fins and how the creator, Titouan La Droitte, used a plastic bottle cap for the leash plug. In addition to the 150 aluminum cans, the surfboard maker from France also used split pallet wood to create the winning board.

Source: Surfboard made from 150 aluminum cans and vinyl records for fins wins Vissla ‘Upcycle’ contest – Orange County Register

Before & After: A Derelict Ambulance Station in East Sussex, Reimagined – Remodelista

Inside, a double-sided wood-burning stove stands on a large concrete plinth in the middle of the space, creating a central heat source and focal point. Medieval dwellings were often arranged around a central hearth, and Nowicka sees this is a nod to the far-reaching history of the area.

Above: Inside, a double-sided wood-burning stove stands on a large concrete plinth in the middle of the space, creating a central heat source and focal point. Medieval dwellings were often arranged around a central hearth, and Nowicka sees this is a nod to the far-reaching history of the area.

Original materials were repurposed throughout wherever possible. “The old existing roof was made water-tight, saving all the original tiles, including the moss that was growing on it,” explains Nowicka.

Source: Before & After: A Derelict Ambulance Station in East Sussex, Reimagined – Remodelista

Guitar Maker Crafts Instruments from City’s Past

The wood he uses is white pine, is all reclaimed from buildings around the city — some famous, like the Chelsea Hotel, legendary speakeasy Chumley’s, even McSorley’s Bar. Kelly gets most of it for free. He calls the wood, the bones of old New York.”It came from those 300-year-old giant trees and now it’s been indoors for 160, 170 years, so it’s super dry and really resonant and makes a great guitar.”

Source: Guitar Maker Crafts Instruments from City’s Past

Bluetooth Tire Speaker | Recycled Tire Tube Bag | SEAL – SEAL Brand International

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Every speaker is one and only. Using used tire or scrapped B-class tire, every speaker is unique and delivering you a clear and well-Balanced sound experience. Use Bluetooth-enabled smartphone to stream music directly to your SEAL Tire Speaker with no wires attached.

Source: Bluetooth Tire Speaker | Recycled Tire Tube Bag | SEAL – SEAL Brand International

Grand Designs NZ: The recycled home made from Real Groovy and an old Wellington wharf – NZ Herald

The Mangawhai home is almost entirely made from historic recycled materials. Photo / screenshot

The Mangawhai home is almost entirely made from historic recycled materials. Photo / screenshot
NZ Herald

The centrepiece of the build was bringing nine enormous trusses made from the timber salvaged from Wellington’s Ferry Wharf, which was built in 1894.

Source: Grand Designs NZ: The recycled home made from Real Groovy and an old Wellington wharf – NZ Herald

Anaviv’s Table offers high-end fare in an intimate dinner party setting — Berkeleyside

Anaviv’s Table serves 10 diners a night, three days a week. Photo: Anaviv’s Table

It’s small and cozy and has a big table made from reclaimed wood from the old Cal stadium. Just the right size for a dinner party of ten, as it turns out.

Source: Anaviv’s Table offers high-end fare in an intimate dinner party setting — Berkeleyside

Bricks and more, ta: recycling entire buildings – Positive News – Positive News

An architect’s rendering of The Resource Rows

“We keep excavating for new resources to turn into construction materials when we have so many things above ground that are super-accessible. We just need to find the innovations to use them,” says Lendager.

Source: Bricks and more, ta: recycling entire buildings – Positive News – Positive News

Headboards made of salvage the stuff of sweet dreams | The London Free Press

Donna Aspden and her husband Kevin are the original recyclers, having built and created more than 500 stunning headboards during the last 30 years, transforming discarded materials into pieces of art for clients to use in their most personal of personal space, their bedrooms.

Source: Headboards made of salvage the stuff of sweet dreams | The London Free Press

Ron Mann Returns to Venice – Northernstars.ca

Photo from Carmine Street Guitars courtesy of Sphinx Productions.

The main focus of Carmine Street Guitars is custom guitar maker Rick Kelly and his young apprentice Cindy Hulej. They are renowned for their handcrafted guitars made from reclaimed wood rescued from old hotels, bars, churches and other local buildings.

Source: Ron Mann Returns to Venice – Northernstars.ca

‘Salvage’ : Three young Ilonggo artists find beauty in scrap pieces of wood

“Perception of Insanity“ by Jun Orland Espinosa

“We chose ‘Salvage’ as our title because of its great impact,” Jeanroll told Panay News.  “What may first come to mind is an act of killing, [but seeing our pieces] you may begin to realize that [through our art] we aim to rescue something from complete destruction.”

Source: ‘Salvage’ : Three young Ilonggo artists find beauty in scrap pieces of wood

Gallery — HK DESIGN PDX

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HK100 – Mountain Glory $900 – Available

The wall art is made using reclaimed wood from older homes in Portland, OR and the surrounding area. Some of the pieces are primarily made from reclaimed lath and plaster. Each piece of wood is carefully selected by it’s color, texture, and character during the arrangement of the design.

Source: Gallery — HK DESIGN PDX

Niek Wagemans Alabama Bath featuring singer/songwriter Emily Stilwell

Dutch builder/artist and friend Niek Wagemans went to his American artist friend Butch Anthony to build a greenhouse from scratch. Using only salvaged and found materials on and around Butch’s massive estate, deep down Alabama, Niek built his slice of paradise…. Where one can grow plants, enjoy the view while having a hot bath and….listen to amazing music. Niek tried it all out himself, with the lovely appearance of singer/songwriter Emily Stilwell…..

Pamplin Media Group – Beautiful junk for sale at Crackedpots art show

“The show supports artists, many of whom generate a substantial amount of their income at this event,” Badiali said. “In essence, the Crackedpots Reuse Art Show has inspired and supported job creation for almost 20 years.” Badiali serves on the Building Deconstruction Advisory Group, for the city of Portland. The advisory group assists the city in how to salvage items from buildings rather than demolish the old structures and toss out the rubble. Badiali is a reuse artist herself, so the event caught her eye and she decided to help organize the event this year.

Source: Pamplin Media Group – Beautiful junk for sale at Crackedpots art show

From floating retreat to vintage taxi: 2018’s Shed of the Year shortlist

The Boat Pod was built by Barnaby Dearsly as a writer’s retreat, garden folly, artist studio,...

Fitted with electrical sockets, a wood-burning stove sourced from the original mast-step, and a sail canvas door, the attention to detail is impressive. The shed has even been made watertight using marine resin. Boat Pod is a finalist in the Unique category.

“We’ve been absolutely blown away by the incredible, imaginative and innovative sheds entered into this year’s competition,” says Shed of the Year founder Andrew Wilcox. “I’ve judged the finalists eleven years running now, and it’s amazing to see how the sheds evolve each year as entrants take inspiration from others and realize that creating your own shed on a budget is a more than achievable project.”

Source: From floating retreat to vintage taxi: 2018’s Shed of the Year shortlist

Peek Inside Cher’s Beverly Hills ‘Retreat’ On Sale For $2.5 Mill | Beverly Hills, CA Patch

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If you can “Believe” it, superstar Cher is selling her four-bedroom, three-bedroom Beverly Hills home for only $2,499,000. This warm, inviting home has high ceilings and hardwood floors made from reclaimed wood throughout.

Source: Peek Inside Cher’s Beverly Hills ‘Retreat’ On Sale For $2.5 Mill | Beverly Hills, CA Patch

He turns wood from Detroit’s vacant buildings into beautiful guitars

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The Brewster-Wheeler recreation center [left] provided the maple wood for the Brewster Wheeler guitar.

“One of my favorite sources for the wood is the Brewster-Wheeler Recreation Center,” said Wallace, 41. The rec center was located right next to the housing projects where Diana Ross once lived. She and The Supremes were known to hang out there, he said. Wallace harvested maple from the center’s benches to create his Brewster Wheeler series of guitars. Another line, called the Cadillac Stamping collection, is made from wood reclaimed from a former auto parts plant.

Source: He turns wood from Detroit’s vacant buildings into beautiful guitars

Detroit Audio Lab: Man builds speakers out of city’s reclaimed wood – Story | WJBK

“The little bit of what we do is we bring that back,” Bauer said. “You get a little memory so we are starting a whole new generation and you get a little memory of what people are doing and you really get a really high quality audio product.”

Source: Detroit Audio Lab: Man builds speakers out of city’s reclaimed wood – Story | WJBK

Diederick Kraaijeveld in Portland, Oregon August 14th & 15th at Crackedpots 19th Annual Reuse Art Show – Oudhout – Buildin’ Manhattan

Months and months of long working days….over 6000 pieces sawn to perfection….Buildin’ Manhattan! Kraaijeveld created a 10 feet long Manhattan in wood, special wood: red cedar from Manhattan water towers. Shipped in a sea freight container from New York City to the Netherlands. One day the piece will be back in New York…….

Source: Oudhout – Buildin’ Manhattan

GLEAN artists work through the weight of waste | Metro

Close-up of hands adding lace "skin" to a wooden boat frame.

Now in its eighth year, GLEAN was created to help raise awareness about our consumption habits and inspire new ways of looking at trash as a resource. The program is a partnership between Metro, the government that manages the greater Portland area’s garbage and recycling system; Recology, a company that manages garbage and recycling facilities; and crackedpots, a local environmental arts nonprofit. Artists are selected each year by a jury of arts and environmental professionals.

GLEAN exhibit challenges ideas about waste; showcases artists at Bison Building, Aug. 3 – 25

Inspiration often arrives in unexpected packages. See how five local artists – Carolyn Drake, Liz Grotyohann, Benjamin Mefford, Brittany Rudolf and Eduardo Cruz Torres – transformed an unpredictable stream of trash from the Metro Central transfer station into art. Their works will be on display and sale at the Bison Building, 421 NE Tenth Ave., Portland. Opening reception from 6 p.m. to 9 Friday, Aug. 3. Ends Aug. 25. Gallery hours: Friday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. More details at Gleanpdx.org or 503-278-0725.

Source: GLEAN artists work through the weight of waste | Metro

New building system using construction waste explored | WSU Insider | Washington State University

WSU team Jose Becerra, David Drake and Jacob Sauer (l-r) display brick they have made from drywall construction waste.

Building construction and demolition waste is a growing problem in the United States. In 2014, contractors disposed of 534 million tons of waste, a tripling since 2003. Drywall, also known as gypsum board or sheetrock, is a ubiquitous interior wall covering that is cost effective but wasteful to install. Building a 2,000 square-foot home generates more than a ton of drywall scrap.

Source: New building system using construction waste explored | WSU Insider | Washington State University

Edgefield – crackedpots art show – McMenamins

crackedpots art show

This popular summer event showcases more than 100 artists’ creations made of recycled, found or discarded materials. Wander the grounds next to our Little Red shed, and ponder booths containing everything from bird feeders to furniture to sculpture, wearable art and beyond, which will be on display and for sale.

Source: Edgefield – crackedpots art show – McMenamins

Meet the Ecopreneur Who Loves to Talk Trash | St. Thomas Newsroom

Jason Utgaard

“It was a snowball effect leading to the intersection of my enhanced awareness of the sheer volume of material I was responsible for nationally distributing through my roles as a buyer/VP, and this surge of sustainably made products I saw while doing sourcing work,” he said.

Source: Meet the Ecopreneur Who Loves to Talk Trash | St. Thomas Newsroom

Instruments from Trash: Sirish Satyavolu on his passion – The Hindu

Sirish Satyavolu | Photo Credit: K.V.S. GIRI

‘Collab House at Out of the Box’ is currently working with Sirish towards upcycling trash to music playing instruments. This includes a series of meet-ups starting this Friday where people can come together, collect trash, design instruments and bring them to life at an in-house session .

Source: Instruments from Trash: Sirish Satyavolu on his passion – The Hindu

At this Saskatoon shop, come for the metal recycling, stay for the crazy art installations | CBC News

BN Steel and Metals owner Mark Riffel calls the metal recycled dinosaur in front of his shop Rusty. (Guy Quenneville/CBC)

“There is a reuse side to things that [don’t] just have to be melted down and made into the same old piece of steel or plate or pipe. There’s a creative side.”

Source: At this Saskatoon shop, come for the metal recycling, stay for the crazy art installations | CBC News