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Recycled War Relics Turned Into Art

Strong emotions can come from just looking at a war artifact.

Recycled war remnants can turn fragments of historic events into strong statement pieces.

Mati Karmin, an artist who uses a distinct material for his works, generates solid furniture pieces using discarded metal husks that were left behind from Russia’s withdraw from Estonia in the 90’s. He has created a series titled MARINEMINE: The Mine Furniture.

Chairs, cabinets, beds, bathtubs, swings and grill ovens are just a few of the solid productions. Recycling these colossal naval bomb shells into furniture is definitely an original and conversational concept.


Ezri Tarazi has designed an installation of furniture from reclaimed materials gathered from war torn and politically volatile areas. Using wood, aluminum, steel and other salvages as well as objects like ammunition boxes, living room structures are assembled as furniture. Pieces like tables, shelves and sofas formed from sandbags bring the discarded to the forefront, a bit uneasily representing comfort and function reproduced from the origins of war.


A bright collection, From War to Peace turns weaponry into wearable art. Jewelry pieces made from items like recycled copper taken from deactivated nuclear weapons were used to create their Peace Bronze line.

From War to Peace’s Mission Statement:

We turn weapons meant to destroy us into art meant to restore us, swords into plowshares, 
bombs into beauty,
 hate into love, &
 war into peace

Though not contrived from recycled war scraps, a series known as Guns by Leaves and Flowers and Plants can induce reflection.

Designs from unexpected materials have the capability to implement pause and contemplation for where the original objects came from. Propelling thoughts about significant events through physical creations and reinventing, yet still remembering the past, takes a skillful balance.

Image Source: Mati Karmin

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