Posts Tagged ‘recycling’

Best DIY of 2010: Fence Bench by The Brick House

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Morgan at The Brick House made this beautiful bench from some old fence posts and a pair table legs salvaged from worn vintage side tables. Utterly clever. Entirely recycled.

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Omelette, Hotel Básico

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

From Mexican design firm Omelette: “Mexico’s culture has been sculpted by its prolific natural world and its blessing/curse of petroleum.  Hotel Básico is an exploration of these twin mothers and their vastly undervalued aesthetics. Its furniture and finishes are not new, novel additions to the world, but reconfigurations of that which exists.  

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Ingenious plastic bottle recycling bin, Chapultepec Park

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

This bin calls out to your empty plastic bottle, in Mexico City’s Chapultepec Park.

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Furoshiki – Wrap holiday presents in the green, Japanese style

Friday, December 18th, 2009

This is a Japanese tradition we desperately need to adopt in North America – re-using textiles to wrap presents. It’s an art form, but it’s worth learning because it dispenses with all the annoying and wasteful tape and paper and ribbon, it’s a fun skill to learn (for kids too), and it’s an educational conversation piece – you might have to explain to the recipient what it is, but that’s probably worthwhile.

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Mending and Recycling Textiles in Japan

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

This Japanese boro (futon cover) was made in the 19th century by recycling remnants of indigo dyed cotton and joining them together. It’s so well-made that it’s still in perfect condition. There is really no printed or woven substitute for this kind of work, which at this point in history, when handmade textile methods are rapidly vanishing, is really hard not to fetishize.

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Faded maple leaf at Value Village, $3.99

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

I’m not sure why I bought this last week, considering how much I dislike flags, flag waving, or any other patriotic or nationalist behaviours, or sentiments, or merch, but it was somehow appealing when I saw it in the fabric rack at VV. Probably because it was crumpled, faded, orphaned, abjectly inexpensive, and weirdly, touchingly orange.

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