Translated by Silvia — The creativity of the so-called “Reuse Design” lately is forever more appreciate from an earth-friendly and “NON Useless” design point of view, but more importantly even of “RE-useful”.
Here is for you a selection of interesting projects born from the creativity of sensible designers looking for ecologically sustainable solutions, selection which goes to show the fact that reusing is an effective solution and can also be aesthetic. 12 propositions which come, in the most part, from discarded objects, rethought and modelled into a new existence, for a renewed and original desirability.
A source of inspiration and encouragement for our daily recycling.
All details in the link below.
We’ll start with lighting design. Above you will find the original suggestion made by the designers of Toronto’s Castor Canadensis: a suspended lamp which resuscitates those terrible discarded neon bulbs which we never know how to get rid of for lack of a proper disposal solution and usually end up throwing in the communal bins against our ecological good will. [via Inhabitat]
Another chandelier which most certainly won’t leave you indifferent: this time because, if you look at it closely, you’ll see a whole lot of used biro pens (exactly 347 in this image, but there’s another version with 895!) elegantly arranged in circles to create exhilarating light plays on the walls of our houses. It is called Volivik 347 and was imagined but the Spanish design studio Enpieza [via WebUrbanist].
For vintage lovers (and not only) here are table lamps Made in Italy made by a passionate Italian creator, Maurizio Lamponi Leopardi: the Lamponi’s Lamps are born from the reusing of real car parts and electro domestic appliances, literally made to shine in a new light!
We couldn’t, in this post, not speak of Reestore, the English studio which has made Reuse Design its own philosophy and company mission. From Max McMurdo’s creativity have been born bizarre yet functioning objects with the added appeal which hangs between eco-chic and boho: like the Annie chair which you can see in the above images: a shopping cart re-thought to a new utility…
…the Max couch, a bath tub transformed into a chaise for some dry relaxing…
…and Silvana, a post-industrial looking coffee-table obtained from the drum of a washing machine.
These here are Andrew Gregg’s coffee tables, gotten from the wheels of old bicycles: compositions with elliptical lines, original and dynamic at once. A nice example of Bike Furniture Design.
Another original suggestion for home décor is this collection of seat, bar stool and armchair conceived by Amir Zinaburg from Israel and entirely obtained from used soda cans, artfully compressed to offer a new and durable support function. A robust and colourful solution which would help even our beaches, too often disfigured by beer and soda cans abandoned there without shame.
One particular chair which re-suggests and gives a new nobility another of the most common elements of our waste these days is “Panda Chair”, suggested by Belen Hermosa from Spain. It’s an original way of reusing old CDs which aren’t used anymore or have been scratched. For those wondering about the odd name, the young designer explains that it’s made from the initials of the 5 friends who gave her a hand to build it and to whom, as acknowledgement of their participation, she dedicates this creation of hers: Pedro, Arantza, Nagore, Diego, Aritz. A fun product of eco-design and friendship! [via TechnaBob].
Keeping with the theme of travelling and flights, here is a curious and practical suggestion to program for another destination, on Earth this time, the airplane carts. Bordbar is the collection created but the German designer Stephan Boltz to give us a new and super customisable cupboard on wheels. Adaptable to any kind of use, it is usable anywhere one may need to put things away with order and a touch of style [via Ecoble].
And finally, as grand finale, the eccentric and refined limited edition from Toni Grilo, the young French designer from Objection Design who signed, for Christofle, a collection of accessories and an incredible coffee table, the “Precious Famine”, entirely made from silver cutlery. Thought of controversial utility, it is without a doubt a flighty application of creativity to such common objects which enhances the beauty and artistic workmanship. It will definitely have an effect! [via Casasugar].