This time of the year always seems to bring on a rash of consumer craziness and sometimes it can be hard not to get caught up in it all. I thought I’d focus today’s post on upcycling and recycling – not on gifts per se but as a way to remind ourselves that the gifts you give don’t always have to be brand spanking new or mass-produced. Think recycled or upcycled or, even better, something handmade you’ve created yourself …
… Like these innovative, designer-looking pendants made from straws. Aren’t they cute? Hang a set of these over your Christmas table – or even give one as a gift -and I’m sure you’ll be showered with praise. Instructions are over at Skona Hem.
Swiss-based designer Gareth Knott has come up with the word de-cycling as a way to describe his Treff punkt coffee table made from upcycled railway boxes. Although decycling typically means making sure items are correctly recycled for the waste, Gareth uses it to combine the concepts of design and recycling. Gareth named the table Treff punkt which means ‘meeting place’ in German as, he says, “Swiss rail stations are synonymous with specific meet-up places”. As he says on his website, ‘a box never looked so good’. You can find out more here.
Want to make your own piece of upcycled furniture? This bench seat made from two chairs and a table could be the go if you’re handy with the contents of a tool shed.
Amy Lord and Rebekah Whitney spend their days recycling | upcycling all sorts of things for set designs, costume designs, props styling, films and more. They literally wear quite a few hats, excuse the pun, and come up with some incredibly inventive and creative stuff. Based in the UK, their company is appropriately called Lord Whitney. Am loving Anatomy of a Lion, Food Fight and The Old Clock Shop window installation.
Bringing planes and houses together usually involves a disastrous accident but this Malibu house, designed by architect David Hertz who specialises in environmental architecture, shows that with careful thought and planning you can combine the remnants of a Boeing 747-200 aircraft into the building of a home. Set on a stunning clifftop location, they were able to use so many parts that the design had to be signed off by the FAA so that other aircraft didn’t confuse it with the site of a plane crash! See more over at Inthralld.