“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
This guitar is crafted from 100-year-old Alaskan yellow cedar reclaimed from the original bench boards that have been resonating with the sounds emanating from “The Bowl” since 1919.
Source: FRONT ROW LEGEND ESQUIRE | Builder Select Series | Fender® Custom Shop
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
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
“I couldn’t find a changing table I liked, so I decided to make one myself,” Piercy shares. Friends first took notice of what she was doing—transforming vintage furniture finds into unique designs—and from there a business was born.
Source: Purposefully Repurposed
Submitted A picture of the Red Bridge before it was updated in 2005.
The public works crew is going to take timbers and planks from the bridge to make a number of different items including a pergola for above the entry sign near Hilltop Esso. The wood will also be used to build a message board in the pocket park along with perhaps wood guards for trees or other items. “It’s really neat they they are going to use some of this old wood to do these new projects. I’m so glad they had the foresight to hold onto it,” she said.
Source: Village to upcycle old bridge in beautification project – Keremeos Review
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
Crackedpots Call for Reuse Artists Application Deadline March 31st. Criteria.
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
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.
Source: makegood | aesthetic and functional redemption of abandoned objects
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
With arms made from reclaimed oak wine barrel wood, these sunnies will be a conversation starter the moment you enter the party. Streaks of red wine stain are still visible in pieces of the wood. No one will doubt your commitment to vino when you are literally wearing your wine!
Source: Barrel Sunglasses – Olive and Poppy
GLEAN is a juried art program that seeks to inspire people to think about their consumption habits, the waste they generate, and the resources they throw away by tapping into the creativity of artists from the Portland metro region.
Five GLEAN artists will be given access to the Metro Central transfer station (“the dump”) for five months to glean materials to make art. The program culminates in a formal exhibition in the fall. Artists will be paid a $2,000 stipend and receive 80% commission from the sale of their art at the exhibition.
Source: GLEANings | Musings from artists working with trash
Wood Wall Art – Wood Sound Diffusor – Reclaimed Wood Art
Source: READY TO SHIP Wood Wall Art Wood Sound Diffusor
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
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
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
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
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
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
Made out of 50+ year old reclaimed wood, this is surely going to be a story to tell in your studio. Beautifully aged, albeit rustic looking, these racks perfectly fit that modern/electronic feel of your studio. Wood’s warm nature and unique features are sure to inspire your creative spirit.
Source: Studio racks reclaimed wood.
Unlike most ship and barge conversions, this transformation eliminated the linear system of spaces and offers several sight lines that run the entire length of the ship and across different floors.
Source: Rusting 1950s cargo ship transformed into a stunning modern floating home | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building
However, during the Great Depression, maintaining the cemetery and the headstones suffered because of scant funding. The city decided to cut the tombstones in half and lay the top halves, which were engraved with the soldiers’ details, on the ground so they no longer stood erect. These makeshift flat graves saved money on mowing and maintenance costs. The bottom halves of 2,200 slain tombstones were then sold for the princely sum of $45. Their new owner, Oswald Young, used them to build his house, chimney, and walkway…
Source: The Tombstone House was built with 2200 discarded gravestones / Boing Boing
These recycled buildings, offered for sale out of Luling, Texas (between San Antonio and Houston), are built of recycled materials, based on traditional designs. They have instant soul. This is a wonderful body of work by builder Brad Kittel.
Our buildings are 99 percent pure salvage. Everything — doors, floors, windows, lumber, porch posts, glass, door hardware, and even the siding — has been saved and re-used to create houses that we hope will last for a century or more.
Source: Tiny Texas Houses from Salvaged Materials – Green Homes – MOTHER EARTH NEWS
Topped by recycled fir baseboards from Jimi Hendrix’ childhood home, this guitar made by luthier Reuben Forsland also has nails and wiring from the home inlaid in all of its fret markers. The “story” guitar is a collaboration between Forsland and Kevin Hennig of Symphontree Music in Sandspit. (Kevin Hennig/Symphontree Music)
Handmade by Reuben Forsland, a Métis luthier in Comox, its soundboard is made from the fir baseboards of Hendrix’ bedroom. Inside the silver fret markers are wires and nails from the home. For the rosette, the decorative trim around the soundhole, Forsland inlaid bits of paint from the Hendrix home floor, encased in 150 pieces of ebony. “That’s what this guy does, all the time,” says Kevin Hennig, owner of SymphonTree Music, a specialized guitar shop based in Sandspit.
Source: Home-made Hendrix guitar lands in Sandspit – Haida Gwaii Observer
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.’”
Source: Provenance in Kensington launches new line of furniture, lighting – Curbed Philly
Rejuvenation was founded to help customers restoring old houses, but most today spurn interiors that reference a single period or style. “We decided to help people live eclectically,” explains Alex Bellos, a West Elm veteran who is now senior vice president and general manager. “Designers are looking for unique pieces with a story behind them, and we have things they can build a room around.”
Source: Rejuvenation Opens NYC Store
Aged Maple and Pine Salvaged from Floor of Old Detroit Landmark Inspires
Twelve One of a Kind, Timeless Instruments
The first guitars released from the firehouse wood will be a pair made of pine and featuring a brand new offset body shaped, designed by Wallace Detroit Guitars. Eye-catching and comfortable to wear, the smoothly rounded dual ‘horns’ cut a classic profile on-stage or in the studio. “Pine is a lighter, softer wood with more air inside of it as compared to common guitar lumbers like ash or poplar,” says Wallace. “That allows it to resonate a bit more for a nice prolonged tone.” Pine has only begun to see wide use in guitar making within the last ten years, so these guitars present a unique opportunity to own a pine guitar with the sound and feel of vintage wood.
Source: Wallace Detroit Guitars Announces Limited Edition ‘Firehouse Series’, Handcrafted with Reclaimed Wood from Iconic Detroit Firehouse | Guitar Girl Magazine
Four neoclassical columns salvaged from the facade of the former First National Bank on Main Street will reappear later this year as features of a small waterfront park at the south end of Mill Street.
Source: Menasha will reuse historic bank columns in park
Jaime Walton creates woodwork at his workshop in Railroad Square. (Photo: Jaime Walton)
Today at age 51, Walton can’t imagine himself in any other line of work and believes in interrupting the waste stream to landfills by placing discarded items back into mainstream use. In Albany, he would purchase items from salvage yards, auctions, and estates, but since arriving in Tallahassee has received many donations. He also creates with found objects, like an abandoned railroad tie whose sculptural qualities allow Walton to see it as a future fireplace mantle or bookshelf.
Source: Craftsman’s ‘mad science’ transforms salvaged material
Stepped up participation in the circular economy by working with entrepreneurs to convert solid waste items destined for landfills into new products.
Source: Phoenix sets ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goal | AZ Big Media
Isabel Ordonez Pizarro, an expert on how yo reuse materials from trash. Credit: Chalmers University of Technology
“In general, I think that people who are interested in circular economy or material recirculation will find my work useful. But I still think that it’s much work left to do. I would like to establish material recirculation hubs in urban areas, where local producers, secondary material providers, waste managers and makers can meet and create new ways of collaborating to enable material recovery. I also find it interesting to develop more efficient, decentralized waste management solutions and I believe that it would help users to sort their waste better,” Isabel says.
Source: How to reuse materials from trash
Aaron Beatrice & Serge Biryukov, Sons of Salvage.
The duo, friends since elementary school in Terra Linda and now in their early thirties, have stumbled upon a crowd pleasing business making unusual and one-of-a-kind wooden furniture for restaurants and other businesses. “We have been artsy and artistic and did different things with our hands. We got into woodworking by necessity,” Beatrice said. “We did not have any money to furnish our apartments so we had to make the furniture. We put photos of the things we made on Instagram and then people started ordering the furniture and we started our business.”
Source: Petaluma’s Sons of Salvage goes against the grain | Petaluma Argus Courier | Petaluma360.com
We need your help to finish building out our shop in its new location. We share building space with Refab STL, an amazing non-profit providing skills training to former combat veterans by deconstructing old buildings in and around St. Louis. These materials are then processed and stored for resale in the historic 40,000 square foot building along Route 66, which houses Citizen Carpentry’s new workshop. Citizen Carpentry aims to be the first worker-owned woodworking co-operative of its kind in the Midwest, encouraging community members, artists, and entrepreneurs to utilize our shop for their work. We have the chance to be a hub of creative revitalization, recycling, and skill-sharing in a city sorely lacking in opportunities.
Source: Kickstarter Citizen Carpentry Community Workshop & Tool Share
New Zealand-based artist Louise McRae works with pieces of discarded wood that are hand-split into small fragments and then carefully reassembled into intricate wall sculptures.
Source: Explosive Scrap Timber Assemblages by Louise McRae | Colossal
Set in an apartment in a newly remodeled early 19th-century house in the center of Bergamo, the kitchen is built largely from salvaged scaffolding wood with a dramatic back wall of iron sheeting that wraps around the range hood.
For 20 years now, Italy-based German interior designer and furniture maker Katrin Arens has been finding fresh uses for discarded wood. She’s still on the vanguard of the reclaimed movement: “I love reusing wood to make things that will last,” she tells us. “I aim for designs that are simple and clean without being cold.”
Source: Kitchen of the Week: The New Italian Country Kitchen by Katrin Arens, Scrap Wood Edition: Remodelista
This MULTIPURPOSE wood art can function as a serving tray and/or wall art and/or art display and/or table runner.
Source: Multipurpose: Serving Tray Wall Art Home Decor by am2interiors
Is stained glass making a comeback? We think so; here’s an example we spotted at Native Bio Bistro in Antwerp (photo via Native).
Source: Through the Looking Glass: 10 New Trends for Fall 2016: Remodelista
The structure is one of a kind and has garnered attention all over the world. Even though the library isn’t too big, it stands for something huge, sustainability. Every year tons of plastic waste is accumulated and is clogging waterways and destroying beaches all over the globe. The idea, that we could use this material to actually make something creative and useful is quite amazing.
Source: This Library In Indonesia Is Made Out Of Upcycled Ice Cream Buckets
Peter Martin, carpenter, Sandtown Millworks, sands a large piece of wood salvaged in Baltimore. The reclaimed wood is used to make furniture. Kim Hairston, Baltimore Sun
When Bolster started renovating rowhouses 20 years ago, he noticed that very few people in the industry saved the wood they pulled out of the homes. “It all ended up in landfills,” he said. “I started saving some of the wood because the character of it was so much more fantastic than new wood.” Some of the first creations to come from Bolster’s shop were made of wood salvaged from houses in Baltimore’s Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood — hence the name. “Many of our designs are driven by the wood dimensions we pulled from those rowhouses,” he said. During the past couple of years, Bolster said, his furniture business has snowballed, rivaling his renovation company.
Source: Baltimore rowhouse wood gets new life as furniture – Baltimore Sun
Fugitive Glue has made a variety of items from light fixtures, to stools, to an art installation in 2012. (Samson Wong)
“[It’s] where we isolate a waste stream, collect batches of that base material, come up with a design and create products,” says Jano Badovinac, 39, the mastermind behind the six-year-old company. In this case, “We’d collect propane tanks from decommissioning stations, clean them, cut them down, weld them into something.”
Source: This Toronto design studio uses upcycling to turn trash into treasure – The Globe and Mail
He still uses reclaimed wood from shuttered bowling alleys and steel from old industrial buildings that are being torn down, continuing to live up to CounterEvolution’s mission statement:
To design, build, and sell quality products that realize the highest potential of reclaimed materials with the ultimate goal of bringing functional art, thoughtfully designed and meticulously crafted, into your home or business.
Source: Designer Turns Old Bowling Lanes Into Classic Furniture
Dawn Backers and dad, Dan Klimesh, own NEI Architectural Salvage & Skräp Work. The duo will be at Junkstock this weekend.
“He has taught me everything from the different woods and architectural elements we salvage to using the tools in the shop,” she said. “It’s been an exciting adventure and I feel like I am always learning something new. Dad is always supporting me in my ideas and dreams of what I can create next.”
Source: Iowa father, daughter who share passion for refurbishing will be at Junkstock – Omaha.com: Living
Here at the Reclamation Administration we give credit and link back to the original sources to all our posts if we can. In the case of this engine block wine rack, we could not find the origin of this awesome project. If you made this – we would love to know who you are! Please contact us.
Part: Engine Block
Source: Wine Rack – 25 Inventive Examples of Furniture Made From Car Parts | Complex UK
german furniture studio unibro design takes automotive parts and tools to create unique pieces with a story.
Mustang floor lamp
Source: unibro design transforms automotive parts and tools to create furniture pieces
David Kelvin and his fiancee Keshia Brushett are owners of Urban Designs, a company that uses old and unwanted wood to make custom-made furniture. (Samantha Lui/CBC )
“A lot of people are just interested in what we do and what we’re going to do with the wood,” he said. “There’s a lot of people who want their barns down and they don’t have the money or time to take care of it. For them, it’s a favour. We get something out of it and they get something out of it.”
Source: Upcycling movement inspires local businesses in Sudbury – Sudbury – CBC News