Upcycled Maritime Projects

Upcycled Maritime Projects

Whether you live by the ocean or just want to bring the world of water indoors, a piece of nautical inspired décor will liven up a land based space. SerpentSea features recycled designs from Sophie Aschauer. Inspired after a sailing trip, her heavy duty, colorful mats are made from recovered marine ropes. Hand woven from the sturdy sailing rope, 4 different knot types are available, which are named after notorious 17th century pirates. She also crafts key rings from the recovered ropes. These functional pieces are named after mythological Greek sea nymphs who were said to have provided protection to… read more

Music Themed Recycling Projects

Music Themed Recycling Projects

If a music lover is in your midst, check out these recycling projects with music as the main talent. Can’t bear to part with that worn out instrument? Instead of only displaying a favorite item, use it. It it’s no longer playable consider turning it into a functional conversation piece. This piano bookshelf is an elegant way to repurpose an old piano frame. There are also many ways to reuse non-working guitars and their parts. This upscaled table is a beautiful way to incorporate a beloved item into a space. The dollhouse guitar is an interesting concept. The same idea… read more

Beautiful Bottled Design

Beautiful Bottled Design

Endless interesting things can be made with recycled glass bottles. They are the perfect material for craft projects as well as upscale designs. However, one extensively gorgeous project is hard to surpass. “Project” may not be the correct term, however. Named Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew, although the local given name is The Million Bottle Temple, it is a breathtakingly delicate workhorse of a structure. Located in Thailand in the Sisaket province in Khun Han, this Buddhist temple is a modern take on recycled design. The building was started in 1984 and is made of more than 1 million glass bottles,… read more

Mosaics Made From Familiar Items

Mosaics Made From Familiar Items

Workbyknight is an artist who is grounded in Melbourne, Australia, but his works are not tied down to any conventional standard. Also known as WBK, he has produced, in addition to other pieces, a large series of mosaic portraits titled Analog to Digital. Reusing cast off keys and buttons from old computer keyboards, typewriters, calculators, phones and other digital equipment, he brings the small pieces to life in a larger connected context. Each key or button stands for a pixel, and he organizes them into laid out orchestrations with end results that are an imaginative and incredible reuse of the… read more

Dual Duty Designs

Dual Duty Designs

Furniture pieces can be expensive. When committing to a purchase or beginning a do it yourself project, consider double duty items for their utilitarian aspects. You will get more use for your dollars, plus, since pieces are typically held on to longer or passed along to others for use, they won’t lend to surplus waste. Multi-functional designs are also ideal if space is an issue. Though some signature pieces may be out of an attainable price range, you can get ideas for a homemade design, or sketch up a proposal and pass it along to someone crafty who is willing to… read more

The electree Grows Power and Visual Appeal

The electree Grows Power and Visual Appeal

What do you get when you cross the natural form of a tree with artful technology? A prototype for a solar design that looks like no other, called electree. Surfacing as a project on Kickstarter a while back, this design features both aesthetics and necessity. Adding sunlight to this digital tree won’t make it grow, but it will charge gadgets. Resembling a sculpture of a bonsai tree with many mirrored branches, the electree is a solar charger with interesting appeal. It charges smartphones as well as other devices, and the sample creation has some promising features. The tree absorbs sunlight through its… read more

Kinetic Energy + Rocking Chairs = Smart Seating

Kinetic Energy From Rocking Chairs Equals Smart Seating

Kinetic energy may be difficult to harvest on a large scale basis, and can be unreliable. However, in places where there is a constant barrage of motion it can be useful. Take for example, swings or rocking chairs. The way that rockers are designed are ideal for harnessing energy produced from motion and utilizing it. A clever idea for creating power from movement surfaced in a swing design a few years back. Ryan Klinger designed a glider style seat called Empower that captures energy from the rocking motion. Coming out a 2nd place winner among designs at the Greener Gadgets… read more

3 Pillow Designs Encourage Kids to Play With Veggies

3 Pillow Designs Encourage Kids to Play With Veggies

Some children love vegetables, and some may not be such fans. Not just reserved for dinnertime, vegetables have also sprouted up in pillow designs that are perfect for kids. These will inspire even the most avid veggie haters to join in for some food play. Designer Weng Jie must have a fun side, because anyone who can create such a cool object as the Sweetcorn Pillow is presumably engaging. This pillow resembles an ear of corn and is complete with removable corn kernels, which are made with Velcro fasteners. The kernels can be laid on, thrown about or played with…. read more

The First Designer Energy Saving Light Bulb

Plumen 001: a designer energy saving light bulb

Plumen light bulbs have been around for a few years now but we have to write about them, as they now constitute a design icon. Plumen lights are so pretty that they won’t need a shade to hide them. The curvy brilliant design will ad a nice eco-friendly modern touch to any room of the house. An eco-design classic, these CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulbs were created as a collaboration between London brand Hulger and designer Sam Wilkinson. Plumen 001 is the world’s first designer energy saving light bulb. Good and gorgeous, it uses 80% less energy than the traditional… read more

Inner-City Nomads

Inner City Nomads

Urban mobility, and transient living take on a new life with the introduction of Tricycle-Houses in Beijing.  They can be likened to a caravan or mobile home, though also a human-powered chariot, as citizens, it seems, are able to take official residence within their tricycle-house, while moving freely about the city. This comes as a necessity, in a country where owning a home is becoming nearly impossible as the cost of land ownership continues to rise and space is increasingly becoming a rare luxury. Appearances aside, tricycle-houses are equipped with enough ‘tricks’ and stow-able amenities to make living off the… read more