Category Archives: Reuse Design

Rustic home made from reclaimed barn timber wants $750K – Curbed

A home constructed from vintage barn timbers is on the market in Roxbury, Connecticut. The reclaimed farmhouse comes from carpenter Ed Cady, who in 1960 founded East Coast Barn Builders as a way to preserve English and Dutch Style barns in the United States.

Source: Rustic home made from reclaimed barn timber wants $750K – Curbed

Montreal’s Old Metro cars becoming creative hubs in ambitious reuse project – Montreal Times 

Old Montreal Metro cars at Lachine canal

Due to undergo its pilot phase (F-MR Station), this summer will see four subway cars undergo a makeover, after which they will hold a design showcase, a recording studio, an art gallery, and a snack bar. The Station will be based near southwest Montreal’s Lachine Canal National Historic Site. The project’s next phase, which isn’t expected to open until 2020, will see twice the amount of cars transformed into a multi-level space that will host local events, as well as showcase food vendors and local artists.

Source: Montreal’s Old Metro cars becoming creative hubs in ambitious reuse project – Montreal Times – Montreal’s English Weekly Newspaper

Recycled Art Contest | Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity

Recycled Art Contest Details:
Location:
Habitat for Humanity ReStore East – 420 S. 1st, Milwaukee, WI

ReStore’s 9th Annual Recycled Art Contest shines a light on some of Milwaukee’s resourceful repurposers. The contest challenges the public to create works primarily using the donated product found at ReStore. From artwork to repurposed furniture, the only rule of the contest is the majority of materials must be purchased at ReStore. The winners are determined by your vote!

Source: Recycled Art Contest | Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity

Artistic family travels in beautiful short school bus conversion, selling art (Video) | TreeHugger

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The family’s curtains are hung up using magnets. As Shelby emphasizes, the bus’ metal walls makes it perfect for putting all kinds of things up using magnets (spice containers, LED lights, etc.).

Source: Artistic family travels in beautiful short school bus conversion, selling art (Video) | TreeHugger

Salvaged timber, bricks recycled to create stylish, on trend interiors at renovated Edwardian era house at 3 Guthrie St

This brick feature wall is built from bricks salvaged from the house’s three fireplaces. Source: Supplied

They ripped up and relaid original baltic pine floorboards, used timber from the old frame to construct bathroom benchtops and carport beams to build window sills in the new living area.

Source: Salvaged timber, bricks recycled to create stylish, on trend interiors at renovated Edwardian era house at 3 Guthrie St, North Geelong, Hodges, Geelong West

Meet the woman whose Retyrement Plan is upskilling and empowering craftsmen in Mumbai

“This was good material that just happens to be waste. We, as designers, didn’t have the time to take this material – which can be an asset – into consideration. Since I always found the garbage bins outside factories more interesting than what they were manufacturing, I decided to use material that adds an innovative sort of flavour,” she says. “It was my retirement plan, using material that had been ‘retired’,” she adds.

Source: Meet the woman whose Retyrement Plan is upskilling and empowering craftsmen in Mumbai

Would you overnight in a hotel made of waste materials? — BEAM Travel

In contrast to classical recycling, where new raw materials are obtained by shredding, the hotel focuses on upgrading and the deliberate misuse of used materials. Used objects are thus converted into completely new products.

Source: Would you overnight in a hotel made of waste materials? — BEAM Travel

Farmington artist at Royal Oak fair make people giggle

A Wall Angel by artist Ann Marie Fischer, one of the participants in the Royal Oak Spring Art Fair. Courtesy Ann Marie Fischer

“I grew to love architectural salvage, items I found at estate sales and salvage yards, and started incorporating it into my work,” the Farmington Hills artist says.

Source: Farmington artist at Royal Oak fair make people giggle

16 Art Installations and Exhibits Not to Miss in NYC in April 2018 | Untapped Cities

Phyllida Barlow for the High Line. Image via High Line Art

A prime example of adaptive reuse, The High Line provides the perfect context for Barlow, known for her use of throwaway materials, and the presentation of her work.

Source: 16 Art Installations and Exhibits Not to Miss in NYC in April 2018 | Untapped Cities

Oregon’s 9-dome Hobbit House built by a mime is being sold in bankruptcy court – Photo Gallery – OregonLive.com

Even in its glory days, the planetarium-shaped house built by a mime in 1978 out of WWII aircraft carrier parts and other salvaged materials could best be enjoyed by people who appreciate theatrical curves and the unconventional.

Source: Oregon’s 9-dome Hobbit House built by a mime is being sold in bankruptcy court – Photo Gallery – OregonLive.com

A new home for Meyer | Meyer Memorial Trust

From above, Meyer’s new property, 2045 N. Vancouver Ave., overlooks Interstate 5, grain elevators along the Willamette River, the Broadway and Fremont bridges and the skyline of Northwest Portland.

An existing cinder block and metal sheet structure is in poor shape and will be removed, but timber supports inside will be creatively reused in the new design.

Source: A new home for Meyer | Meyer Memorial Trust

2018 Crackedpots Reuse Art Show — Portland, Oregon

ONE WEEK LEFT TO APPLY TO REUSE ART/MAKER SHOW IN PORTLAND, OREGON!

Crackedpots 19th Annual Reuse Art Show! The 2018 cracked pots Art Show will be taking place on August 14th and 15th at McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale, Oregon. Reuse Artists and Makers Applications will be taken until March 31st.

Source: 2018 Crackedpots Reuse Art Show — crackedpots

Reusing electric pylons to design the roof of a train station

Reusing electric pylons to design the roof of a train station

Six high-voltage lines are due to be taken down in Valais canton. Credit: Swissgrid

The approach Desruelle used forms part of a new strand of research in civil engineering: reusing structural elements in their raw form (steel bars and systems, wooden beams etc.) at the end of their service lives, instead of recycling them or scrapping them. Reusing materials in this way reduces the embodied carbon footprint of new buildings, since 71% of their greenhouse gas emissions result from the extraction and production of materials and the construction phase. The approach also reduces the amount of

Source: Reusing electric pylons to design the roof of a train station

Malmö Upcycling Service creates homeware from recycled waste material

Malmö Upcycling Service has repurposed waste material from six different local industries to create a range of decorative home objects. 

“The initiative aims at generating new ideas about how to shape and produce in a more sustainable manner as well as create the conditions for circular manufacturing,” said Anna Gudmundsdottir, co-founder of Malmö Upcycling Service. “We continuously visit local manufacturers to find what waste is left over when they produce other products.”

Source: Malmö Upcycling Service creates homeware from recycled waste material

Modern cabin made from reclaimed materials frames lush forest views – Curbed

The eclectic-looking Scavenger Studio was made from reclaimed materials. Photos by Ben Benscheider via Designboom

This modern cabin in Puget Sound, Washington, incorporates a hodgepodge of reclaimed materials from homes about to be demolished, creating an eclectic forest retreat that is anything but ordinary.

Source: Modern cabin made from reclaimed materials frames lush forest views – Curbed

Solar farmhouse near Ann Arbor one of world’s greenest homes | MLive.com

Almost all the wood was certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, which verifies it was grown and harvested in local forests in a sustainable manner. The rest of the wood was either reclaimed or salvaged, including wood from a hickory tree used for flooring and wood from a cherry tree used to make the dinner table. They weren’t able to find an FSC-certified cabinet shop in Michigan, so Beacon Springs Farm became a certified site and the Burbecks hired a carpenter to specially make cabinets and doors for the home onsite. Some of the reclaimed materials in the house include a bath tub, chandeliers and light fixtures.

Source: Solar farmhouse near Ann Arbor one of world’s greenest homes | MLive.com

2018 Crackedpots Reuse Art Show — crackedpots

Diederick Kraaijeveld sculptor – Oudhout.Com

Crackedpots 19th Annual Reuse Art Show

We are pleased to announce that the 2018 cracked pots Art Show will be taking place on August 14th and 15that McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale, Oregon. Reuse Artists and Makers Applications will be taken until March 31st.

Source: 2018 Crackedpots Reuse Art Show — crackedpots

The Day – ‘The biggest boat in town’ – News from southeastern Connecticut

Jim and Cathy Barnard on the deck of the bow area of their steamship-styled house overlooking the Niantic River on Saturday, March 10, 2018.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Jim and Cathy Barnard on the deck of the bow area of their steamship-styled house overlooking the Niantic River on Saturday, March 10, 2018. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

“Jim was great to work with. I had a lot of creative leeway,” Laschever said. He added that Barnard “kept bringing me architectural salvage” items, including stained-glass windows, a bathtub and a urinal for the bathroom, and a backlit antique elevator dial that reminded Barnard of mob-era Chicago.

Source: The Day – ‘The biggest boat in town’ – News from southeastern Connecticut

Fantastic timber home with ocean views asks $1.1M – Curbed

A fantastic custom-designed home is up for sale in Mendocino, a bohemian enclave on the coast of Northern California. Constructed from reclaimed timber by local craftsman Harold Brayton, the rustic getaway boasts a combination of midcentury and Arts and Crafts styles (its date of completion is unknown) but is decidedly a creation of its own.

Source: Fantastic timber home with ocean views asks $1.1M – Curbed

Don’t call the police about these odd devices on Wichita buildings — they’re art | The Wichita Eagle

 

Much of the material these little sculptures are crafted out of came from the rubble of the old Eagle building at 825 E. Douglas.As the building was being demolished last year, Stevenson coordinated with the Eagle and the Bradburn Wrecking Company to salvage quirky bits of the building for use in this art exhibition — at that point, still merely an idea she’d had for years.

Source: Don’t call the police about these odd devices on Wichita buildings — they’re art | The Wichita Eagle

Juxtapoz Magazine – Interview: Vhils and the Things We Leave Behind

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Much of what Vhils showed me were extraordinary works, based on ideas of permanence in the cities that he has either lived in or worked in, and the unique ways he combines these experiences into canvases, cement pieces, styrofoam works and even new works on old doors that are the standouts of the show.

Source: Juxtapoz Magazine – Interview: Vhils and the Things We Leave Behind

PDX Airport Bench Re-design Opening Night and Auction | Events | Design Week Portland

Join us to see the finished redesign of the benches that have seated millions of Portland’s finest butts. Collaboration design teams will be announced the first week of March on our website and instagram. Collaborators Sign-Up Deadline Feb. 26th @ 6pm (sign-up and info at www.PDXoriginals.com/DWP18) This is for the aspiring or profesional furniture designer inside us all.

Source: PDX Airport Bench Re-design Opening Night and Auction | Events | Design Week Portland

makegood | aesthetic and functional redemption of abandoned objects

SAD-ROBOT Desk Lamp

Makegood is a collective of  makers dedicated to giving new life to the discarded and reimagining salvaged materials. A portion of the sales of makegood artwork is donated to various non-profits including crackedpots.org and animal rescue organizations.

BEE-SMOKER Lamp

Source: makegood | aesthetic and functional redemption of abandoned objects

RTE ‘Home of the Year’ contender could be a home for life for €545,000

Address: 21 Rehoboth Place, Dolphins Barn, Dublin 8 Price: € 545,000 Agent: Sherry FitzGerald

This leads through to the diningroom, where the original second fireplace has been repurposed as a smart, open drinks cabinet, within easy reach of the table, made from reclaimed scaffolding planks.

Source: RTE ‘Home of the Year’ contender could be a home for life for €545,000

Slippurinn restaurant and the new wave of cooking coming from Iceland – Iceland Monitor

Eggert Jóhannesson

In 2011 Gísli decided to open a small restaurant, Slippurinn, with his family. He set himself the ambitious aim of raising the profile of Iceland’s gastronomic culture. The choice of location was not random: an abandoned machine workshop that used to serve the old shipyard. Shelves of tools and many of the old instruments are still in place, while the tables and many other furnishings have been made from reclaimed ship parts. The restaurant soon built a loyal following.”

Source: Slippurinn restaurant and the new wave of cooking coming from Iceland – Iceland Monitor

Old trestle timbers survive in house flooring – Local News – The Daily Astorian

Tobey Parsons of McGee Salvage checks in on work to a home in Svensen that utilized reclaimed timber from the trestle bridge at Clatsop Spit.

“When we realized the wood was in good shape but untreated, we started to explore options of recycling rather than cutting it up as firewood,” Morrill said. “I was talking to some local builders, and one of them suggested I call Tobey, and he developed a scheme.”

They brought in a mobile mill and spent four months processing the timbers into boards 16 to 19 feet long and more than 3/4-inch thick. Some of the boards have found their way onto the floor of a wooden barn house under construction by general contractor Duane Clayton in Svensen.

Source: Old trestle timbers survive in house flooring – Local News – The Daily Astorian

Buck the trends | NWADG

OUT: There are a few trends interior designer, foodie and author Athena Calderone is happy to see the back of in 2017. “I would love to see reclaimed wood, industrial furnishings and rustic accents eradicated in 2018,” she tells us. “Design is moving toward a slightly more lush and sexy direction. Rustic on top of rustic just feels dated and excessive. Salvaged oddities were seen everywhere from the Brooklyn Flea to Brimfield in the past, and while many of these items are indeed treasures, it is true that too much of one thing is never a good idea.” Ain’t that the truth?

Source: Buck the trends | NWADG

Nelson couple rebuild home with materials salvaged from red-zoned cottage | Stuff.co.nz

Mike Moss, left with the kauri stairs of the new home at the Nelson Eco-Village. The dis-assembled home on Red Zoned ...

Mike Moss, left with the kauri stairs of the new home at the Nelson Eco-Village. The dis-assembled home on Red Zoned land in Christchurch was shipped it to Nelson.

“It was a lot like a kid with a box of Lego, you have got one house made out of it and you pull it all to bits, put it back in the box and then make another one but it looks completely different.” He estimated a third of the materials used in the build were recycled. Some from their home in Christchurch, other parts from the demolition yard. He estimated the value of recycled materials in the house was about $150,000.

Source: Nelson couple rebuild home with materials salvaged from red-zoned cottage | Stuff.co.nz

Filmmaker launches new co-working space for creatives near Sacramento State | The Sacramento Bee

UPcyclePOP aims to find new uses for the discarded, bringing artists to Folsom Boulevard pop-up market. Ed Fletcher The Sacramento Bee

The three days of UPcyclePOP attracted hundreds of people as more than a dozen local artists displayed and sold their works, from end tables made from car pistons to televisions with the appearance of old tube sets to ash trays turned into beautiful windows. Prior to the event, she knew none of the artists.

Source: Filmmaker launches new co-working space for creatives near Sacramento State | The Sacramento Bee

Cape May man dumpster dives for his wooden art | Living | pressofatlanticcity.com

Peter Henderer is a Cape May artist who takes his wood from homes and dumpsters to make his art at his studio Thursday Dec 14, 2017. (The Press of Atlantic City / Edward Lea Staff Photographer)

For some pieces, he’ll use shovels for fish bills, rakes for fins and light bulbs for eyes. All of the work is done in a shed in the backyard of his grandparents’ Cape May home, where Henderer will cut, sand and stain plywood before coating it with polyurethane to withstand any climate.

Source: Cape May man dumpster dives for his wooden art | Living | pressofatlanticcity.com

Copper salvaged from Maine’s Capitol dome to become public art – Portland Press Herald

The Maine Arts Commission announced its selection Tuesday as part of the State Capitol Copper Dome Reuse Project. The artists will use century-old copper sheathing, which was replaced in 2014. The pieces vary in size, but average 20-by-36 inches.

Source: Copper salvaged from Maine’s Capitol dome to become public art – Portland Press Herald

Throwback Post: The making of our ‘Whiskmas’ tree – & other whisky barrel gifts! – The Scotch Whisky Experience Blog

The Scotch Whisky Experience Christmas Tree Niall Wilson of Sandwood Designs

200 whisky barrel staves were used in the construction of the tree, created by Niall Wilson of Sandwood Designs. A wood craftsman based near Glasgow, Niall creates stunning whisky barrel furniture, with chairs, tables and an array of other gifts created from repurposed barrel staves. However, our 8ft Christmas tree was one of his biggest challenges yet!

The Scotch Whisky Experience Christmas Tree by Niall Wilson of Sandwood Designs

Source: The making of our ‘Whiskmas’ tree – & other whisky barrel gifts! – The Scotch Whisky Experience Blog

Before the bulldozers arrive, this Vancouver artist turns empty houses into works of art | CBC Arts

Installation view of Emily Neufeld’s Before Demolition, her solo exhibition at Burrard Arts Foundation Gallery. (Photo: Dennis Ha/Courtesy of BAF Gallery)

Houses are the subject of Neufeld’s work, sure, but they’re also her canvas, her materials and her gallery. And since 2014, she’s found a way inside ordinary bungalows and split-levels around East and North Vancouver before the bulldozers arrive, securing permission through the builders.

Emily Neufeld. Grand Boulevard. 2015. (Courtesy of the artist)

Source: Before the bulldozers arrive, this Vancouver artist turns empty houses into works of art | CBC Arts

Bordalo II Opens the Doors to ‘Attero,’ a Giant Exhibition of Animal Assemblages Built with Trash | Colossal

Using locally-sourced waste plastics, car parts, construction materials, and other found detritus, Bordalo has become famous for his uncanny depictions of animals—those most vulnerable to the side effects of our disposable economy. While scale often plays a large role in his outdoor wall-mounted street pieces, the artist also created considerably smaller assemblages attached to old doors, siding, and windowpanes.

Source: Bordalo II Opens the Doors to ‘Attero,’ a Giant Exhibition of Animal Assemblages Built with Trash | Colossal