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
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
“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
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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
“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
Cracked Pots artist Terry Powers with some of his creations. (KATU)
Organizers say this year’s show has diverted 20 tons of material that would otherwise have landed in a landfill.
Source: Cracked Pots Reuse Art Show: Snazzy garden art with a sustainable edge | KATU
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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Participants can pick up supplies from The Green Project’s architectural salvage store and even grab selections of recycled paint.
Source: Salvations Design Competition Turns Trash into Furniture
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
Beyond the adaptive reuse of a burned-out camper, it’s one way to beat a pool’s biggest shortcoming: If it’s too cold to swim in January, just drive south.
Source: Camper trailer turned into mobile swimming pool by Benedetto Bufalino – Curbed
bufalino has a knack for turning the ordinary into the absurd. this time, the french artist hacked an old ford mondeo to become a fully functional wood-burning pizza oven (and the pies look pretty incredible).
Source: benedetto bufalino turned an old car into a wood-fired pizza oven
The exterior walls were covered with reclaimed heart pine lap siding. The original paint is still in tact for most of the siding. Final finish will be a clear coat matte finish that will preserve the history as well as patina.
Source: Reclaimed Workshop
“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
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
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
“Fish Fish” Mixed media 12″H x 16 1/4″W
I thought my art career would be as a painter but three years ago I signed up for my first art show and started working with recycled materials. At the time I had no idea that these assemblages would become my passion and take me along an entirely different artistic path.
Source: Featured Artist Jen Hardwick | Artsy Shark
Lynne and her contractor rescued a nearby barn (that had been destroyed in a tornado) to form the bones of the treehouse. Salvaged windows (including stained glass from an old church) complete the vintage look.
Source: Lynne Knowlton Tiny House – Toronto Tiny House Cabin
“We found it would be more economical for us to reuse some of these materials instead of throwing them away and buying new ones,” Coates explained. “I think we have a responsibility to be good stewards of our environment.”“We had done studies to figure out what would happen if we tore down the existing site,” said Doug McNutt, Principal with Salus Architecture. “We realized that, yes, we could do that. But if we kept the original, we’d not only save money, we’d create something quite amazing.”
Source: TRA on Union Renovates with Recycled Building Materials – SouthSoundTalk
Inspired by natural and cultural systems, Ophir is using the platform of fashion design to address phenomenon of contemporary issues such as natural resource degradation, hyper-consumerism and gender equity.
Ophir holds a B.Ed. in Interdisciplinary Design and Secondary Education from Kibbutzim College, Tel-Aviv, and is currently an MFA candidate in Collaborative Design at Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland.
Source: Ophir El-Boher – Presenting at ReUse-Aplooza at the Oregon Public House June 10th « PDX RUST
Eindhoven-based designer Lucas Muñoz
Its creator was inspired by elbow joints in his own studio and scraps from a junkyard, and wondered how these could be applied in a different context.
Source: Totally Tubular: Industrial Furniture Engineered from Ventilation Ducts | Urbanist
Robb was once an Artist-in-Residence at Autodesk’s Pier 9. He went to Carnegie Mellon to study Art. He mostly does tangible artifacts that are often complex.
I am currently an Artist in Residence at the San Francisco Dump, run by Recology.There, I have witnessed unending tons of unwanted debris flow from the consumer into recycling centers and landfills. I noticed that nearly all of the E-waste was almost entirely functional, so I decided to make myself a speaker set made entirely from waste.
Source: Upcycled Vintage Suitcase Boombox
The living space inside the renovated school bus. (Jessica Picard photo)
“We are now working with a Portland-based company, converting small storage containers into different types of uses, from mobile workstations to event kiosks (or) sales booths. We are doing one for a mobile trade show booth and another for a mobile coffee shop,” Tatro said.
The exterior of the bus. (Photo courtesy Mike Tatro)
Source: Gamage Shipyard Transforms School Bus Into Luxury Home, Showroom – The Lincoln County News
Dan Buckwald and Phil Marvin (right) of Veterans Legacy Oregon look through reclaimed wood from the Willamette Stationers building that they will use for construction projects at Camp Alma, an under construction forest camp for veterans. [Brian Davies/The Register-Guard] – registerguard.com
The “true two-by-fours” and other pieces of Douglas fir will make beautiful furniture and decoration at the camp, said Dan Buckwald, Veterans Legacy board vice president. “We aren’t going to put this in walls and put drywall on it,” he said.
Source: Wood from Willamette Stationers building headed to Camp Alma southwest of Eugene
An interior depiction of the Kjorbo project.
“We welcome reuse of materials as we value that as zero-emission materials,” Stene said. “If we can design and plan for a high degree of reuse of materials, we may reduce estimated energy for demolition, and better our energy account, reduce demand for energy production and finally reduce costs.”
Source: The Powerhouse movement seeks to inspire net-positive buildings | GreenBiz
Above, ‘The Igloo,’ by Cory Bonnett, whose exhibit, ‘Visions of Pittsburgh,’ will be on display this month at Shehady Gallery in the Strip District.
Working exclusively with reclaimed and salvaged raw materials, he transforms hardwood doors, stainless steel panels and fallen trees into works of art, bringing creative reuse and sustainability to his projects. One example in the show is a piece he created on a steel panel salvaged from the demolished Civic Arena.
Source: Artist creates ‘Visions of Pittsburgh’ with material connection to its past | TribLIVE
Kathy Jackson Bosley found inspiration for the arched entrance in a fine home magazine. The reclaimed pilasters between the doors are cast iron and weigh over 1,000 pounds. Note the detail in the ceiling. Travertine is used on the floor. The fountain was created from three separate pieces, all reclaimed. Rita LeBleu
The American Press has never visited a house that demonstrates so much attention to detail and creative use of reclaimed or salvaged building materials, including old world European architectural elements.
Source: Masterpiece-by-piece | Real Estate | americanpress.com
I at least have a corner office with a door, the centerpiece of which is a long conference table made from reclaimed timbers in our county workshop. It is here that I meet with community members, other elected officials, and staff.
Source: Geek of the Week: County Exec Dow Constantine’s passion? Preserving place where he has deep roots – GeekWire
The conference table in Dow Constantine’s office is made from reclaimed timbers in the King County workshop. (Photo courtesy of Dow Constantine)
Furniture companies are reaching for sustainability goals by using recycled materials and making their products more recyclable.
The furniture industry has also noticed this trend and has increased its part in using recycled plastics, woods and metals when creating its products.
Source: How the furniture industry is embracing recycled materials – Construction & Demolition Recycling
Wardrobe painted blue with Annie Sloan paint
All of the furniture restored and upcycled at the Rediscovery Centre is donated by members of the public who no longer want it, but not all furniture has upcycling potential. “We’re fussy about what we take,” Griffin explains.
Source: Reinvent the wheel with upcycling – Independent.ie
Central to the design was shifting focus from aesthetics to long-term effects. As ABN AMRO stressed, the building “didn’t have to be as beautiful as possible, but as good as possible”. This meant end users were involved in the process, even going so far as to contribute their old company uniforms for recycling into acoustic textile plaster for the walls and ceilings. This inclusion creates social return and added social impact.
Source: Designing the Dutch way | Architecture And Design
British designer Timothy Oulton turned to natural materials, working with Chinese indigo dye craftsmen in a remote village to create fabric for his Noble Souls sofa range shown in Milan.
The unprecedented manifesto from the organisers of April’s fair called on the design industry to improve innovation and sustainability, and to embrace the circular economy. In practice, this means exploring new solutions for recycling materials and working with sustainable natural materials, keeping resources in use for as long as possible, and recovering and regenerating materials at the end of their life.
Source: Furniture designers embrace sustainability at Milan Design Week, with 3Rs – reduce, reuse recycle – to the fore as much as 3D | South China Morning Post
Feature wall made from reclaimed Douglas Fir, sourced locally in Vancouver, by furniture maker Brooke Wingrove of Reclaimed Vancouver Photo: Reclaimed Vancouver for The Home Front: Reclaiming Vancouver’s history through furniture and interior design by Rebecca Keillor [PNG Merlin Archive]
“I like using reclaimed wood because I like the look of it,” says Wingrove. “That’s the main thing for me, and then second is using a recycled product. But (for) most people that contact me, it’s the recycling of the wood that’s the main interest for them. They always comment that it saves cutting other trees down, and they love the fact that it’s been in a Vancouver building and now it’s in their house.”
Source: The Home Front: Reclaiming city’s history through furniture and design | Vancouver Sun
Wallace looks for salvageable lumber amongst Detroit blight and turns it into guitars. (Photo: Courtesy Mark Wallace)
Wallace Detroit Guitars founder Mark Wallace says “Chevrolet is a foundational element in the story of Detroit.” He says using the wood was an attractive opportunity for a “company that honors the history of Detroit in every instrument we make.” Plus, he says, the maple is “gorgeous” and provides a sound “unlike any other instrument.”
Source: Wood from Chevrolet plant going into Detroit-made guitars
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
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 Details:
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
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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
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
“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
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