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
While many governments and civilians may be fine with dumping those booths at the landfill, artist Martin Angelov shows that outdated structures can be given new life with just a bit of creative elbow grease. Angelov transformed parts of an old telephone booth into a chair in a project described as “a protest against hundreds of abandoned telephone booths in the era of mobile communications.”
Source: Martin Angelov upcycles an abandoned telephone booth into public seating | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building
a series of collected pine logs are turned into seating objects – without losing the characteristics of their natural form.
an axe, chisel and a wooden hammer are used to shape each pieces
via hand crafted reclaimed log furniture.
Designers Marjan van Aubel and James Shaw set out to put wood shavings to good use, after learning that 50 to 80 percent of raw timber is wasted in the milling process that makes most wooden furniture.
via Bio-resin chairs upcycle discarded wood shavings : TreeHugger.
Handmade in Spain using recycled sails from around the world, each of design studio Dvelas‘ chairs is a unique expression carrying its own history on the sea.
The goal of Dvelas is to recover these used sails and give them new life and a new history through design.
via Dvelas Reclaims Worn Boat Sails and Transforms them into Unique Loungers | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.
This comfortable chair is creative balance of rustic charm and modern style. It is made from the century-old 100% reclaimed wood. Leather is classic glazed cow hide.
via Reclaimed Wood and Leather Lounge Chair by TicinoDesign on Etsy.
Tomás Alonso is a craft designer and co founder of OKAY Studio. Originally from Spain, he settled in London after completing his Master’s at the Royal College of Art. His work comprises furniture, lighting, product and exhibition design.
See more via R-Incarnation | Design Blog.
Why recycle when you can upcycle?
According to the newest eco store in town, Reworks Upcycle Shop, upcycling is the “process of converting waste materials or useless products into new material or products of better quality of a higher environmental value.”
In short, it’s making new products out of old ones, without using the massive amounts of energy that is often required to proccess products for recycling.
Reworks Upcycle Shop’s owner, Solita Work, has tracked down upcycled furniture, lighting systems, jewelery and accessories from top notch artisans and small-scale manufacturers to provide Calgarians with products that are friendly to the environment and totally unique.
Quantities of all products are limited, so there are new things all the time, but here are a few upcycled products that Reworks has at their store right now:
These transit chairs by well-known American artist Boris Ballytransform recycled street signs into one-of-a-kind, handmade seating. The stainless steel hardware is rust proof, and recycled champagne corks are inserted on the bottom of the legs to protect floors.
Shovel chair by artist Nathan Smith (Nelson, B.C.)
via Reworks Upcycle Shop | Avenue Magazine.