Taking the Violence Out of Guns

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Pedro Reyes is an artist whose work includes up-cycling artillery to make musical instruments. Having created his first series of up-cycled instruments for his Imagine project in 2012, Reyes has recently completed work on a second series, called Disarm. While the former project revolves around a collection of stringed instruments, there are 50 in total, Disarm is composed of mechanical music instruments that can be programmed to play themselves. Both were created using artillery weapons that had been seized and destroyed by the Mexican army. Including, revolvers, rifles, shot-guns, and machine guns, whose forms remain visible in their new carnation…. read more

Construction Gets Muddy With Cob Houses

Construction Gets Muddy With Cob Houses

If wanting to learn more about organic construction and sustainable building materials, the newest applications may have a lot to offer. However, there are also primitive means of raising a home that still provide durable designs. One natural homebuilding technique involves cob structures. These types of houses have been built for centuries in many parts of the world. Cob constructions are mostly made with a combination of mud and straw, and some regions may also mix in sand, clay or lime. The mud and straw blend are compacted by removing the moisture content and then dried into bricks. The mud bricks… read more

Recycled Glass Never Sounded So Good

Recycled Glass Never Sounded So Good

If you love music and recycling, read on. There is a way to combine the two, and the outcome looks and supposedly sounds like no other. Speaker components, worlds of wiring wonder and an essential outlet for sound, come in countless forms. Many are not ecologically made and can be constructed from materials that are prepared to house the fragile internal system but without much regard to the outer environment. There are actually several versions of glass speaker systems, however a smaller number of those are made from recycled glass. Rinz Sound is one company who offers up a set… read more

Literally Green Furniture That Will Grow On You

Literally Green Furniture That Will Grow On You

Interesting eco-friendly furniture designs can be found in many unique forms and comprised of many different materials. The following however, require some unusual upkeep for furniture – sunlight. A project from Tim Gaudreau Studios aptly entitled Green Furniture was started as a way to inspire people to get back to the natural world that grew into a seating concept for outdoor areas. Looking for a sustainable approach to furniture manufacturing, he decided to take things into his own hands and cultivated outside seating surfaces that were agriculturally derivative. Covered entirely in grass, the designer stated that in the mainstream the… read more

Old Electronics Now Sitting Pretty

Chile’s N+ew Fantastic E-Waste Seats

A total of estimated 50 million tons of e-waste is generated globally each year and sadly only 15-20 % of it gets recycled. Technology’s fast pace together with planned obsolescence in objects leave mountains of electronic waste with components that are extremely harmful, if they are not properly managed. But some eco-designers are making good use of this trash, highlighting the problem with cool functional objects. Based in Chile, designer Rodrigo Alonso is busy sorting out unloved CDs, qwerty keyboards, multi-colored cables and motherboards turning them into fantastic e-waste seats. The Latin eco-designer uses (not-so-eco) epoxy resin to “suspend” as… read more

Bottle Caps: DIY Perfect

Bottle Caps: DIY Perfect

The bottle cap technology was invented in 1892 when William Painter, who was in the beverage industry, was searching for a better way to package products. The bottle cap has been around ever since and is popular among collectors and bottled beverage lovers alike. However, this everyday item isn’t just reserved for the display box. Their durable, colorful quality makes them the perfect go to material for do it yourself projects. Bottle caps often come with an already printed or colorful display, but they can also be primed and painted to achieve any hue. One super easy idea to incorporate… read more

Fund Reforestation Efforts with Your Recycled Ideas

Fund Reforestation Efforts with Your Recycled Ideas

For a great way to help fund a conservation charity, without spending a penny, consider contributing to the Recycling for Reforestation campaign from Fashion for Home. This home furnishings company is working to become more sustainable and environmentally aware by offering at least one range of furniture made from recycled wood, and now they’re partnering with the Red Endangered Animal Connection Trust (REACT) on a project that could not only help fund it, but will also build an online resource with recycled furniture ideas. The Recycling for Reforestation campaign asks people to send in their photos and stories about decorating… read more

Advanced Ocean Textiles

Advanced Ocean Textiles

The options for fabrics and textiles are increasing in range. There are more choices than ever before for purchasing sustainable cloth materials. When combined with research and technology, some interesting findings have made it possible to recycle items into versatile fashions, furnishings and other useful objects. One place many companies are turning to for their material sourcing are the oceans, which are increasingly polluted with a circle of never-ending garbage. Several organizations exist that work with manufacturers to collect ocean debris and reprocess it for retail merchandise. One such effort is the Healthy Seas Initiative which tries to rid the waters… read more

There’s A Secret In Ann Arbor, Michigan

There’s A Secret In Ann Arbor, Michigan

Actually lots of them – and they are not meant for adults. These secrets are intended for kids. Sometimes children can be unintentionally left out of things; for instance, the design process revolving around constructions like buildings, parking lots or even homes. One children’s writer and artist in the city of Ann Arbor has made it his mission to include the younger crew in an unusually inviting way, and in the most unsuspecting places. If you look close enough at nearby elementary schools, inside tea shops, markets, on shelves, hidden in fireplaces or even curbside amidst a normally lackluster parking… read more

It’s Looking A Little Cloudy

It’s Looking A Little Cloudy

Natural elements are always a source of inspiration for the worlds of art and design. Whether mimicking structure or capabilities, nature influenced designs are innovative and sometimes unique or even unusual. However, what happens when natural design goes beyond imitation and protrudes into the everyday? That must have been one of a series of questions for artist Berndnaut Smilde in creating the idea for his atmospheric, wispy cloud wonders. His cloud formations are art in motion. Appearing in a room by way of a smoke machine, a flowing white cloud drops in and wafts by, then evaporates just like the… read more