Cardboard Creations From Caporaso Studio

Cardboard Creations From Caporaso Studio

When thinking of recycled cardboard designs, basic or bland may come to mind, however one architectural design specialist has produced a line that is far from either. Giorgio Caporaso’s cardboard furniture called the Ecodesign collection has taken reuse of this everyday material to the next level, producing a range of functional furniture designs. These modern forms may seem to feature detailed carved accents from a distance, but a close up look actually reveals they are made from cardboard. An interest in sustainable architecture and energy resources led to the creation of the pieces. Caporaso says of his material choices: Using recycled… read more

Artwork that Utilizes Discarded Paint Chips

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It is not every day that we encounter paint chips. Most times we have no need for them. However, given the prevalence and accessibility of paint sample chips (they are, after all, free), it is all too easy to over accumulate them during the times we do need them. So, much like complimentary sugar packets they pile up and are either tossed out or stuffed away to be forgotten. One may simply think to recycle them. While this seems easy enough, and is certainly a commendable idea, it isn’t that simple. This is due to glossy sheen on some paint… read more

Gorgeous Kona Residence Highlights Hawaiian Living

Gorgeous Kona Residence Highlights Hawaiian Living

The Kona Residence by the Belzberg Architects Group is an award winning residential design. Its relaxed but artful mix of reclaimed teak woods and the open layout take advantage of the area’s climate and natural outdoor beauty. The exterior was built with salvaged woods from out of use train tracks and barns. The home is equipped with solar panels on 2 sections of the roof. There is also a rainwater collection system. Lava rock is worked in the landscaping near the wraparound infinity pool which helps to absorb sunlight into the stones and the solar transfer assists to heat up the… read more

9 Storey Building Made From Plastic Bottles

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In mid 2011 in Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, there was an unusual building built. The EcoArk Pavilion was built out of 1.5 million recycled plastic bottles. The nine storey tall structure was built from Polli-bricks. Polli-bricks are a revolutionary building material made from 100% recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate Polymer. It is translucent, naturally insulated, and durable. The bricks are a 3-D honeycomb of interlocking bottles composed from recycled plastic bottles.  The Polli-brick panel can sustain lateral force up to 1.5 times the worst hurricane recorded without any damage. Polli-brick can be integrated with solar powered LED lights. These embedded solar powered… read more

Handmade Lighting That Will Make You Sing

Handmade Lighting That Will Make You Sing

Luzifer Lamps, or lzf Lamps, has recently launched a new collection that is stunning, but also integrates a neat idea that in an instant makes lamps more than just lighting. The designers refer to their handmade items as wood touched by light, and each piece in their High Fidelity compilation comes with its own musical album. The award winning concept is to illuminate rooms in a new way – much like having mood lighting that comes complete with its own soundtrack. According to the design team their conception was to recreate a small venue type atmosphere where conversation, social exchange and live music was often… read more

Get Organized with Cereal Boxes

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While often adding to the clutter of empty food containers in your recycle bin, cereal boxes can actually be used to detract from waste accumulation and even serve to keep your house organized. As implied with the directions above, making your own cereal box organizer is quite easy, indeed. You may even wrap it with old newspaper instead. But this is not the only way in which you can to style your organizer. Courtesy of Pinterest, below are examples of alternate styles that fit just as nicely into any office or workspace as they would into a child’s play area…. read more

Artist “Plays” with Light and Shadow to Create Stunning Projections

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Rashad Alakbarov is an Azerbaijan-born artist, who works mostly with unconventional materials. Assembling an assortment of seemingly random items, he manipulates their positions and the lighting so it will play off the objects to create brilliant shadow projections. When viewed posed together, the objects appear to be at conflict amongst each other. However, the resulting shapes harmonize to create scenes that are universally familiar. “Two Cities from One Point of View”, is a great example of such collaboration. The skylines of each cityscape are seamless and instantly recognizable, with the variance of spires and temples. Yet, while their differences are… read more

Fall Inspired Interiors

Fall Inspired Interiors

Bringing the season indoors doesn’t have to involve a whole room redo, but adding or rearranging a few things can easily add a fall feel to an indoor space. Below are some simple suggestions for incorporating autumn into interiors. Beginning with the entryway, an organic front door wreath welcomes guests and creates a relaxed seasonal feel. A handmade wreath formed with outdoor finds can be done on any scale and is easy to rotate according the season, like this natural design. A modern way to work in a pop of color in a door or window is to make a… read more

Eye-Catching Installations Made From Lumber

Eye-Catching Installations Made From Lumber

While most may look at pieces of lumber as just blank planks of wood, creative artists and those with the ability for construction and woodworking can see something completely different. Morgan Herrin, an artist with a heightened skillset in carpentry and wood crafting, has created unbelievably detailed sculptures using plain lumber. Taking a simple construction material, wood 2 x 4s, his hand carved pieces are beyond impressive. He works with this abundant recycled material to produce accomplished forms, like these amazing life size pieces, which take countless hours to complete. His recent works are created from reclaimed lumber that is… read more

Towering Treehouse Designs

Towering Treehouse Designs

Horace Burgess had a divine idea to build a massive treehouse home in Crossville, Tennessee. This enormous creation stands at least 100 feet tall. Burgess made the structure completely from reclaimed wood and other reused materials. It has 10 levels and some consider it the unofficial largest treehouse in the world. An 80 foot tall white oak tree is a main support beam, and Burgess, a minister who also has experience as a landscape architect has also repurposed other items like license plates and leftover roofing supplies to assemble it. The building started in 1993, and the architect stated that he has… read more