Naturally Organized

Naturally Organized

Giving items a place to nest helps keep spaces in order. The following shelves are inspired by the natural design of trees and branches, and they are eye-catching ways to store household objects. These organizational designs can also be replicated with some do it yourself woodworking skill. The library tree branch from woodcraft designer Olivier Dollé is made from birch veneer and oak wood. With a focus on handmade woodworking designs as opposed to commercial productions, this arrangement can be installed in any room for a functional piece that pulls from the outdoors. Booktree by industrial designer Kostas Syrtariotis offers a… read more

Salon Walls Offer A Distinctive Presentation

Salon Walls Offer A Distinctive Presentation

Do you have an area in your home that looks like this? Chose a bland space for a salon wall design. Collectables, pictures, artwork, thrift shop finds or items around the house can be reused and presented in a pulled together way. Items can be grouped with a symmetrical spacing focus or patterns can be created. To do a specific layout, first place objects on the floor to get an idea of how they will look when hung up. Then map it out on the wall with removable stickers, post-its or small pencil marks so that the hardware goes in the… read more

Interior Design For The Mind

Interior Design For The Mind

Designers see interior spaces as a whole, though there are fragments that make up the complete design. Psychology understands that many aspects of living can affect the entire mental state and human emotions. When these 2 fields combine, spaces can be smartly designed to facilitate a desired feeling and enhanced mood, creating an alluring and functional place. Good interior designers know this and will listen and spend time with their clients in order to get a feel for what they want to accomplish in an area. In an article, Frames of Mind, the importance of emotional intelligence in interior design… read more

Decades Gone And Its Still Here

Decades Gone And Its Still Here

Designs that incorporate old into new and render them useful once again are smart ways to decrease waste. Classic items can evoke memories from the past, but not if they’re sitting in the garbage pile. Remember cassette tapes? A design focused studio shop showcasing independent creations, OOO my design certainly does. One project tilted Cassette Is Not Dead takes the music of days past and turns them into new products. They idea began as a design project in order to make use of the surplus of unwanted cassettes that began to circle around. Items include wallets, floor lamps and box lights… read more

Give Old Belts New Uses Around The Home

Give Old Belts New Uses Around The Home

Project materials can get expensive, and saving up old belts or using thrift shop finds is an inexpensive way to build a supply inventory. Find some DIY motivation below with these activities that incorporate recovered belts into useful pieces. Flooring and Surfaces Designer Inghua Ting has created beautifully installed flooring using tossed out men’s belts. First, any hardware is removed and the remaining leather pieces are cleaned by hand without using any chemicals. The leather surface is made by cutting the vintage belts into tiles and then adhering to the floor in a pattern or random application. They also make sturdy,… read more

Upcycled Artillery Serves as Furniture

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In Mozambique, a country still recovering from a lengthy civil war, artist Gonçalo Mabunda has used weapons to fashion sculptures. Merging the concepts of peace and green design, Mabunda’s pieces include tribal masks and sculptural thrones, all with a distinctive style that appear to draw from modernist abstractions and traditional African art. They are almost confrontational in their appearance, weighted not only by their density but amassed with the violent history that steeps the very materials used to create them. Born in 1975 in Maputo, Mozambique, Mabunda emerged at birth the same year his country had reached the end of… read more

Have a Seat – 4 Uncommon Couches

Have a Seat – 4 Uncommon Couches

Thinking outside the boundary line of what furniture is, the following designs dance around conventional seating and offer some uncommon couches that aren’t at all predictable. An old metal drum, bicycle parts and other recycled finds turn into a Sweet Seat. From artist Rachel Spire of ReGEARED, these upcycled pieces are industrial works of functional art. Crafted from 55 gallon drums, they are custom designed, unique benches. The corners and cut metal edges have been sealed over with inner tubes from recycled bicycle tires. Other materials include recycled wood decking and bicycle gears, pedals and chains. Some even come complete with… read more

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

Glowing Plants For Your Home

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A new sustainable energy project on the crowd-funding website Kickstarter just received their funding goal. The project is a natural lighting plant for your home, aka awesome glowing plants. Check out the video below to learn more and watch an interview with the creators of the project. Have a thought? Share it in the comments below.

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