All posts tagged: repurposing

Repurposed Military-ware

The ultimate in upcycling and repurposing is turning old military items and war-time materials into functional and wearable peacetime pieces. Who’d have thought Jerry Cans, unexploded bombs, shell casings and disarmed nuclear weapon systems could be anything other than unwanted waste? Danish Fuel Danish Fuel collects original World War Two Jerry Cans from military surplus stock houses and with a lot of elbow grease breathes new life into them to create Bar Cabinets, First Aid Stations, Bathroom cabinets and Trolley suitcases. And in case you’re wondering where the name came from, ‘Jerry’ was the slang word used by the British and American armed forces for the Germans during World War II. The can’s original name was ‘Whermacht-Einheitskanister’ , meaning armed forces unit canister and was designed to hold fuel. Article 22 Article 22 partners with artisans in off-the-beaten-track places to create modern jewellery with provenance. Their first collection, Peacebomb is jewellery handcrafted in Laos from Vietnam War shrapnel. Each piece gives back to support traditional Laotian artisan livelihoods, village development, community endeavours and contributes to the Mines Advisory Group …

Interview: KT Doyle | JEANBAG

Designer KT Doyle takes her love of jeans and her role as denim rescuer seriously. Her passion for ‘diverting denim waste from landfill’ and her background in textiles and wallpaper design converged to become her latest creative and business endeavour, JEANBAG. As sole designer and maker, along with a raft of other like-minded people, KT saves denim and turns it into beautifully crafted cushions, bean bags and bunting. “I want to honour the labour, skill, time and resources that goes into making every pair of denim jeans,” she says. “…Your jeans may have come to the end of their wearable life but they still have miles left in them yet.” Come and meet KT … You’ve been an artist and wallpaper and textiles designer for twenty years. Tell us more about your background and how you’ve ended up where you are today. I’ve always expressed myself creatively and can’t remember a time when I wasn’t making something. I studied Fine Art after finishing school and have continued to exhibit my work over the past twenty years. My …

4 DIY Projects to Try

Images from top left to right: Indoor plants have made such a comeback that you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped back into the 70s. But just how many different planters can one own or buy? Instead, why not make your own with wool, cord and tassels like these cute mini hanging planters by Oh Lovely Bows? The only thing extra you need is a glue gun. Find out how here. Having said to myself, ‘I must cut down on my chocolate consumption’ – so far with limited success – I couldn’t resist the eye candy of chocolate baking. Broma Bakery succeeds in taking mouth-watering photography as much as making mouth-watering food. These Salted Caramel Nutella Chocolate Cups ooze decadence and are in no way about reducing your chocolate intake! Learn how to make them at Broma Bakery. I’d never heard of flower incense bundles before but I’m liking the sound of them. You make charcoal sticks and need an assortment of dried flowers for an aromatic floral smell. Looks intriguing. Anyone game to make them? Find out how …

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Video | Interview – Designer Duncan Meerding

Today I’d like to share a video interview with one of the designers whose work we love and feature on the store. Tasmanian Duncan Meerding is a furniture and lighting designer-maker of the traditional kind whose love of the outdoors and the ethical way in which things are made feature foremost in his design practice. ‘A lot of my designs concentrate on overall form and light going through and around objects rather than intense detailing,’ he says. His award-winning Cracked Log Lamp series of lights is testament to this. Made from salvaged logs, it is their cracks and imperfections Duncan harnesses when turning them into lighting. He also has a penchant for making durable and thoughtful flat-pack pieces such as his latest lighting range that takes its cue from aeroplane propellers and his leaning leaf coffee table. ‘Form and function should be a major part of the brief,’ he says. ‘Not necessarily, how do we make a million of the things?’ Come and meet Duncan and learn more about his design practice and the inspiration behind his …