Modern architecture made of recycled materials can help raise the profile of greener approaches to building, move the industry as a whole closer to closed-loop ideals and even preserve physical connections between past, present and future.
Modern architecture made of recycled materials can help raise the profile of greener approaches to building, move the industry as a whole closer to closed-loop ideals and even preserve physical connections between past, present and future.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
Paneling was reclaimed by 93ft from a chambers office in Derbyshire. Above, custom lights are designed and manufactured by 93ft, complete with repurposed original light fittings to contrast against the original London stone. Wayfinding light box designed and made by 93ft.
Sustainably constructed from reclaimed and salvaged materials, this tiny house fits in perfectly to its forest surroundings, almost as if it’s come to life directly from a storybook.
Officials showed off the site just south of the landfill on Wednesday, Nov. 8, voicing their hope it will soon be transformed into a new “sustainable business park.” They hope the site could attract companies specializing in reclaiming or converting waste materials that would otherwise be dumped into the landfill, ideally expanding West Michigan’s footprint in green industry while simultaneously reducing the rate at which the area’s landfills grow.
Photos by Matt Faisetty for Provenance
Provenance’s new line of desk lamps were created out of old X-ray head lamps. $400.
Its line of desk lamps, created by melding vintage X-ray reflectors with new bases, soon followed. The next step is setting up a showroom within Provenance’s already massive warehouse, so that shoppers can see the furniture and lighting fixtures on display.
One hope is that the new lines of furniture and lighting will help make trips to Provenance a little less, well, overwhelming. Says Lash, “For a lot of people, when they come here the first time, they look at stuff and say, ‘How do I use it?’ Now, we hope they come back and say, ‘Okay, this could work in my home.’”
Wes Modes, an artist and lecturing professor at UC Santa Cruz and a crew full of creative mates built a shanty boat out of found materials and trash and rode down both the Mississippi River and the Tennessee River over the course of the past two summers. The collective purpose of these journeys is to learn about the people who live on and around the banks and the about the ecology of the rivers.
Claude Villeneuve had barn two barn walls stolen earlier this week. (Radio-Canada)
Villeneuve estimates the thieves made off with about $2,000 worth of wood. He said he’s been approached several times by prospective buyers interested in the planks that compose the sides his barn. He had always rebuffed them, given that his farm still makes used of the barn to store hay. But now Villeneuve is considering taking down what remains of the barn to salvage the wood. “At least they left me one wall,” he said, laughing.
The large ship measures 30 meters (98 feet) and weighs four tons. It was built from more than 500 pieces of reused materials, including seven kilometers (4.6 miles) of steel cable, wooden moulds, discarded furniture, signboards and boats found on site.
A large vessel called “a baştarda” built from waste materials in Istanbul was transported to Venice and installed at the pavilion as a symbol of cultural connections and transformation of borders.
This rustic looker is all Scandinavian minimalism with a twist: it’s made from recycled floorboards. Its aesthetic is deliberately rough around the edges, in line with the brand’s devotion to pared-down, “simple, honest and minimal” design with a playful edge
Source: The Reveal Cabinet by Studiomama
737 COWLING CHAIR AIRCRAFT PART: BOEING 737 ENGINE COWLING. Created from the engine cowling of an Boeing 737, this colossal, luxurious chair, spins weightlessly, on its highly polished spun aluminium base. Stood in its original orientation, this immense, captivating structure, is the opitome of luxury seating.
Chandelier by Dennis Taylor
This work to help install the work is a demonstration of how the Artists’ Coalition of Flagstaff has found a sturdy partnership with the Flagstaff Mall. The Coalition’s gallery relocated to the mall as a tenant last year, and this is the first year the recycled art exhibit has taken place there. As one of the organization’s biggest shows, the mall has opened up its space to allow some of the larger pieces to display in the mall’s common areas.
Kelsy Kruzich PHOTO
“In the meantime, staff is researching demolition and feasibility of reclaiming any materials for use in future construction projects,” he said. The grain storage buildings, which likely date to the late 1940s or early 1950s, are located on 2.6 acres of city-owned property.
In a bid to maintain the character of the old 1890’s cottage that stood on this Marrickville site, Drew Heath Architects constructed Nikki Maloney’s House by breaking up the original dwelling and recycling it to continue a dialogue with the history of the site and the memories of the client.
Determined to help, in 2012 Preston founded Lamon Luther, named in honor of his grandfather Lamon Luther Wilson, who taught him woodworking skills as a child. Located in Villa Rica, Georgia, the 20,000-square-foot facility has between eight to 12 employees, all of whom have been directly impacted by the housing crisis.
As best you can, try to find salvaged or scrap materials. You can especially save a lot by finding second-hand finished components like cabinets, flooring materials or appliances. Find your local Habitat for Humanity Restore, a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center that sells new and gently used furniture, appliances and all kinds of building materials at an affordable price. Buy reused building materials at a fraction of the cost on Planet Reuse, an online marketplace for reclaimed materials.
Dining room by Lionel Jadot, lioneljadot.com
Domestic interiors are becoming rougher around the edges, too. London architectural salvage and interior design group Retrouvius works on interiors projects with budgets ranging from £150,000 to £2m. “People are looking for a raw and more organic style,” says Retrouvius co-founder and designer Maria Speake. “It’s a trend among affluent, well-travelled, cosmopolitan clients. It’s not about rustic — it’s more sophisticated than that — but there’s a craving for simplicity and a sense of the handmade.”
When he can, Scotka tries to learn the story behind the materials he gathers for his projects.
“It’s neat to see the story it has with it … a time when the world was a little simpler,” he said. “Now, 150 years later people remove these barns and cabins and it’s going to serve another purpose for another 150 years. I try to pass the story on.”
Brian Scotka uses reclaimed metal to make unique furniture. Becky Campbell/Johnson City Press
Michael Buck relied on pre-used, natural, reclaimed and mostly biodegradable materials, building his structure with earth, sand, clay, water and straw – a prehistoric method called Cob. He’s self-taught and drew up the plans himself. The floorboards came from a neighbor, the windows from an old van, the sheep wool used for insulation from a local farm, as did the cow dung. The straw was sourced from nearby fields and the clay from the building site in his garden itself.
Steve Shelton from the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh stands in front of paneling of reused woods built by his students.
Project RE, is a social enterprise in which trainees and apprentices in the building trades work alongside budding architects making prototypes and products with reclaimed materials in the back of Construction Junction at 214 N. Lexington St. in North Point Breeze. (The RE stands for reuse materials, rebuild communities, restore lives.)
Mr. Shelton, founder of the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh, calls it “a think tank with tools.”
Project RE accumulated $2.3 million in grants from four foundations and Ford Motor Co. support to build a mobile fabrication lab, which is used in the wood shop and as an educational tool in neighborhoods.
Something is very satisfying when a person can complete a project from reused items so that they don’t end up in a landfill while saving money in the process. Last year, we constructed a goat barn using mostly reused building materials and it cost us less than $1,000.
Upcycled pallets become functional furniture. Photo via Shutterstock.
“Upmod is a social sharing marketplace for buyers and sellers of environmentally-conscious products made from used raw materials,” he said. “Upcycling is a major societal trend, but is still little understood as an industry, Upmod intends to change that and to consolidate major aspects of this emerging industry.”
The Bilge Lounge is made from reclaimed bourbon barrel staves and leaf springs from New York City fire trucks. The springs provide a comfortable give to the chair.
Justin Keyes • The Daily Beacon: The communal studio brings Knoxville together into a creative space.
“We’ve gone from that little to no cleaning of items to slowly getting to the point where we are creating new things out of salvage,” Meadows said. “There are different people around Knoxville who have taken items and refurbished them for us.”
The collaboration with local artists doesn’t stop there. To help offset costs and to promote further community outreach, the Salvage Shop shares their new space with several local artists.
George Apfel, left, and Kevin Hayes arrange recycled art and furniture created by artisan Shawn Faulkner at the new ReUse Action store at 980 Northampton St. in the city’s Fillmore section, near the Milk-Bone factory. It’s being called Guild @ 980. Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News
“I want this place to be a service to the community,” Gainer said. “I can’t just have old expensive stuff.”
In addition to the reclaimed products, the store sells consignment antiques, as well as artwork, refinished furniture and home products made using reclaimed materials by local artists.
Gainer expects to begin filling the second floor with inventory soon, and has plans to turn the third floor into an incubator of relevant workshops – affordable space where glazers, reupholsterers and other artisans can open up shop and offer compatible services to the store’s customers.
Dan Pauly builds guest cottages, playhouses, garden sheds, and saunas all appearing to be perfectly suited for an enchanted forest. The small, asymmetrical buildings have a long slanted roof, crooked chimney, and charming front window with built-in flower box. Each cabin designed by Pauly and his company The Rustic Way is built with reclaimed wood, each piece restored to reflect its natural weathered condition.
We added a new fence and gate in the garden this year. Using reclaimed wood/materials from around our home.
All aboard functional piece of heavy duty Railroadware. This unique shelving & product display system is an ideal way to display and feature your favorite cans & bottles. It can handle the job storing your products with an attractive rustic style, industrial old world charm and functionality. Your favorite bottle or can is the locomotive. (Fine wines or beer not included.)
Used in restaurants, bars, and homes, The storage system comes with 2-spikes, 2-rebar rails, 2- cast iron escutcheon washer2 ½” dia. and 2-wood screws 1/4″x 2″ that can be removed and replaced with any hardware you need.
Custom sizes and longer trains are available. Each track carries a train featuring your bottles and cans. You can stack you precious cargo on the rails or purchase multiple shelves. Orient them east or west bound either way they make a nice addition to your kitchen or bar station.
Attach to wall studs @ 32” O.C. or consult contractor for drywall or other installation. Extra Additional RR spike brackets and ½” rebar gauge track available.
We upcycle and repurpose common industrial artifacts transforming them into products that provide a historical accent to commercial or residential spaces. Combining the ruggedness of upcycled industrial steel and glass, our products add distinctive depth and texture to your decor without overwhelming. They are also delightfully functional and all made in USA.
Bôhten’s mission is to develop a compost management initiative that reuses environmental reclaimed material (barley, wheat, straw, stone) to design our contemporary eyeglasses. We are the representation not yet recognized that seeks to pay homage to a love of fashion without the loss of social responsibility. Join us on our quest as we seek to change the face of Africa with a vision that advocates education, employment both social and environmental awareness for the underprivileged. This is a journey that will be nothing short of historic.
The seats are available in reclaimed oak, which is sourced from old barns in Pennsylvania, an eco-friendly concrete consisting of 50% recycled glass bottles, as well as recycled plastic, cork and aluminium in a matt or mirror finish.
making in London, october of 2014, with Mando (amanda marie) seeyouthroughit
i make stuff from junk. i pick up one mess, one pile, and make another mess, and another pile. i use the junk from the city, i use the stuff from the field, i use the bits in the forest, and the things in the trash. i hunt, i collect, i gather, but only what i need for the work, for the play. color, shape, composition. some lost stuff gets found again.
‘Light Moves’ Lost Object piece in Beacon, New York. Part of the Beautiful Times tour with Amanda Marie. Our friends Dan and Kelene from Thundercut / Open Space Beacon / Electric Windows made it possible.
via the lost object.
At the heart of this village sits the dome home designed by british furniture manufacturers timothy oulton, used as a creative space where people can interact and consequently innovate new design ideas. The structure, as well as the supporting village created around it, were both built almost entirely of reclaimed material.
Australian builder James Galletly, also known as The Upcyclist, teamed up with the Bower Reuse and Repair Center to design and build The Tiny, a small and cozy retreat constructed atop a box trailer and assembled with more than 95% recycled materials.
According to Diedricksen, the cabin wasn’t even planned – it just came along as kind of an afterthought during one of his small home building workshops. Being a long-time collector of salvaged and donated building materials, he had just about everything he needed on hand already.
A group of University of Toledo students and a passionate professor took recycling to the next level this past summer by building a boat made entirely out of repurposed materials.Initially, this was a printmaking class, but Arturo Rodriguez, an associate professor of art and overseer of this project, said it also involved a lot of sculptural aspects as well.
Finding Reclaimed Materials for Bar Tables – by Sara Badiali
The larger picture of building material reuse encompasses policy, education, and awareness. In my practice, I can spend months not even looking at actual materials. This week I’ve been overjoyed to get my hands dirty in the local marketplace for reclaimed materials.
My friends are updating the interior design of a Portland bar called the Basement Pub. When they mentioned that the tables are going to be constructed of reclaimed wood I immediately offered my services. My love of reclaimed materials is matched only by my passion for research (and possibly spreadsheets). This is my approach to finding reclaimed materials for a large project with a limited budget.
Scouting reuse centers or salvage businesses is my first step. I spend time online looking at the type of business that sell salvaged materials to get a feel of their prices. More and more business who deal in reclaimed materials are popping up these days. The reclaimed building material market ranges from one-offs on Craigslist to boutique style specialty stores. The prices for materials vary wildly in range. My approach is to match the client’s style and budget, allotted time for the project, the resources available, to available materials in the marketplace. In this case, we have a month to scout materials and people available with skills to turn raw materials into tables. Our budget is small and the tables are only one part of a large remodel project.
Time is a key factor in using reclaimed materials. The more time to plan a project and scout for materials, the better the outcome and the more enjoyable the experience. For the Basement Pub’s tables, we want to fall between semi raw and processed materials. We don’t want to harvest our own because we are not a licensed and bonded company. Anyone can harvest materials, but the property owner is liable for any accidents or issues that may occur. As a property owner, it is good practice to allow only insured companies deconstruct or remove materials. We also don’t want to spend time and labor on denailing lumber. We do have craftspeople who can build, but not to mill. This project falls square in the middle of perfect for the available skill set and allotted amount of time.
Organizing Resources I
The first tab of my resources spreadsheet is organized by local type of business, inventory and cost. Since we are on a limited budget, I start with the reuse centers. There are over 850 Habitat for Humanity Restores in the country (last time I checked) so this is an easy source along with local nonprofit reuse centers. Then I start looking at the small architectural salvage businesses. I check for independent contractors that have a website with both reclaimed materials and urban tree removal. Tree and stump removal business often overlap in milling street trees and reclaimed wood. Larger and more expensive reclaimed material operations typically have a solid web presence with an extensive list of inventory. I add these business to my list and give them to the client as a reference point. They tend to be pricey, along price lines of the upper echelon of the design goods stores. I put off checking in with demolition companies because that usually means I have to make phone calls, but sometimes they have great leads. Then of course there are deconstruction companies, if they sell their own salvage then they go on the resource list.
Good communication with the client is important to shake out expectations in a project. For example, it took me three conversations about the tables to learn that they don’t want them created out of Douglas Fir. In the Pacific North West, Doug Fir is the most prolific reclaimed wood. There are entire old growth forests captured in the structures of Portland so it’s the easiest to find. With this information, I am less likely to look for salvage from the interior of buildings.
Organizing Resources II
The second tab of my spreadsheet is the materials themselves. Armed with the knowledge that I am not going for salvaged interiors, I am looking for unique supplies. My first thought is reclaimed cedar fencing. On occasion the reuse center I where I used to work would get a load of cedar fencing. Tables made from cedar would be dazzling (but I would have to hurdle the milling issue). For items like these, the only local resource is Craigslist. In Portland we are lucky enough to have an online reclaimed materials website called Boneyard Northwest, but it is not yet the materials juggernaut that is craigslist.
On Craigslist I find many items that would make good tables. Although I am looking under the “Materials” section of craigslist, the “Farm and Garden” section also has reclaimed items. My finds range from: Reclaimed hardwood bleachers, and tropical wood reclaimed from truck beds, to rough table tops already made from reclaimed wood (Doug Fir of course). I email these places to check if the inventory is still available. I list pictures of the materials along with dates and prices. I find the top seven to ten items that I think would fit the project, wait for the sellers to confirm the inventory and send my list off to the client.
The next step is to go see the reclaimed materials. I will do this with the primary craftsperson. Who, in this case, is the architect who will be designing and building the tables. My feeling is she will also be managing those of us who show up as volunteer labor (the perks of volunteering for a pub are delicious).
To be Continued
These are the first steps in finding and working with reclaimed materials. If none of the Craigslist items are suitable then I will widen my search by making phone calls and contacting my friends in the field. If all goes well we will start making the tables in a couple of weeks. Stay tuned for more adventures in finding and working with reclaimed building materials for the Basement Pub in Portland, Oregon!
Coil + Drift is committed to creating original objects without creating environmental waste. Our furniture and object collection utilizes only reclaimed and FSC certified sustainable wood. We are fascinated by the unique character and histories of aged materials. In addition to wood we work with iron, leather, brass, lacquer, and steel. All our stains and lacquers are safe for the environment and many are handmade in house. We strive to find refreshing and energizing ways to combine age old craftsmanship with modern form. We were founded in 2012 by John Sorensen-Jolink and are based in Brooklyn, NY.
The sculpture features analogue weather gauges and antique gas lanterns. The backing is made of the remnants of die-cut metal, and the effect is almost delicate — the huge piece of sculpture is a latticework of framing.
Bagley rescues his materials from all over. The wood he has used in two of his most recent pieces, including Looking Glass Prairie, came from demolition sites around downtown Oklahoma City. When the construction began for the extension of Interstate 40, quite a few buildings downtown had to be demolished.
“Most of those buildings were built in the 1950s, and they were all new growth, most of it Douglas fir,” Bagley said. “They were literally paying to have it dumped in a hole in the ground.”
Bagley saw potential in that wood, and it was too beautiful to pass up. He said that no one even challenged him when he took it. With a coat of clear varnish and Bagley’s transformative powers, what was destined for disposal became art.
You better believe I am in love! Not just with the Beermoth – but also it’s write-up on Canopy & Stars.
Having liberated this 1956 Commer Q4 from the Manston Fire Museum in Kent and wrestled it back to Inshriach House, he has quite literally raised the roof by a foot. Then he laid an oak parquet floor rescued from a Tudor mansion, salvaged snooker table slate to make a hearth and a fire escape to make a staircase. The Beermoth now also sports a completely over the top Victorian double bed, the door from one of the now presumably a little drafty cottages at the farm, and the former back wall of the doghouse. The mahogany plinth has been replaced with a wood-burner, the inexplicable stuffed squirrel has vacated the premises, and the cutting edge of unusual places to stay has been delighting and slightly bemusing guests ever since.
Utilizing local salvage yards, thrift stores, a handful of hardware stores and IKEA, the couple was able to build the home for much, much less than a new build or renovation project.
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A simple wooden stick-frame approach made it possible to construct the building inexpensively, using largely local building techniques and upcycled materials. The project’s “main aim is to generate a sustainable, ecological, alternative building system and urban water culture for the teeming population of Africa’s coastal regions.”
Michael Marian welds part of a desk together at his shop in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. (Ken Lambert/MCT)
The couple also enlisted Marian to make a kitchen pantry featuring a 300-pound, vintage fire door hung upon hinges from 1910. It slides on a bracket to reveal shelves made of metal from cars and license plates.
“I call his work art because I think he’s an artist,” she said. “These things came from an old burned-out warehouse and someone was going to toss it. But Michael made it something beautiful. And now I see him everywhere, which is a true testament to his work. I don’t think anyone explodes on the scene without deserving it.”
Travis Farber in the Ballard shop he shares with business partner Michael Marian. The table is made from wood from gyms, barns and old houses. (Ken Lambert/Seattle Times/MCT)
But there are already a huge number of houses and structures already built, but that aren’t usable in their current state, either because of years of neglect or being located in an area that isn’t desirable to live in, that could be “mined” for their building materials, which could be repurposed into a tiny house.
It’s anything but your regular horse barn.
The 20-stall rounded stable and accompanying riding arena is built almost entirely of recycled and reclaimed building materials.
Mr. Jewett says the idea originated from his wife Brenda Gallie’s love for horses and a mutual interest in sustainable architecture.
You know when something is so beautiful it hurts?
That is how I felt when I first saw the Japanese Forest House on Curbed. Brian Schulz’s sense of humor eased my heartache a little, but scrolling through the pictures of his beloved house brings it all back in a flash.
Treat yourself today and go see this labor of love in all it’s glory!
A couple years ago I found a neat little brass sink at the local recycle center. Enamored of shiny objects, I coveted it’s golden glow, entirely aware of the fact that I had no use for such a thing. I wandered around for an hour or so with it in my hand, looking at other stuff, relalizing that if I took it I’d have to build a home for it. I eventually brought it up to the register and started planning my house on the drive home.
Yes, I am serious, and don’t call me shirley.
With deep enough pockets a person might be able to duplicate such a structure by writing a large check to a talented builder, but that would risk missing the point entirely. Almost every piece of this tiny house was salvaged, most of it from within a ten miles of where the house sits.
I like to think that each item carries someone’s life with it, including the care and time someone must have given it in order for it to arrive here.
I hope whoever owns it next will keep that in mind, and treat the object well.
Manoteca is a wooden house in a garden, a laboratory where old abandoned things and salvaged materials are taken care of, thought-of a second time, and re-assembled.
Everything is one-of-a-kind and unique, hand-crafted and treated with natural, non-toxic paints.