Posts Tagged ‘recycling’

Wary Meyers Decorative Arts

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

Linda and John Meyers of Wary Meyers Decorative Arts assemble these mod, chic, distinctly 1960s and 70s interiors almost entirely from furniture and objects they find in thrift and vintage sales. They’ve produced some great interior design projects for clients but shown here is their own house in Portland, Maine, which is by now quite well-known.

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Japanese interiors – updated traditional farmhouses

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

The photo above shows the central living area of a rural farmhouse on the border of Tochigi and Ibaraki prefectures. The house was restored by Kenji Tsuchisawa who bought it as a rundown heap when he was only 20, after seeing a photograph of a traditional Japanese farmhouse on a Tokyo magazine cover.

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Laptop sleeves, and the whole sweater

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

This is our friend Jonathan’s 100% lambswool, infallible laptop sleeve. If you don’t feel you can carry off the sleeves, then here’s an excellent upcycled armless laptop sweater you can easily make yourself, but it should be called a sleeveless.

and then there’s this.

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Tuesday, November 25th, 2008



Spock: They remind me somewhat of the lilies of the field. They toil not, neither do they spin… but they seem to eat a great deal. I see no practical use for them.

McCoy: Does everything have to have a practical use for you?

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Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Vancouver clothing designer Hajnalka Mandula has some dedicated devotees in our studio. Hajnalka (pronounced High NAL ka) produces a hybrid look that’s part urban nomad, part steampunk, part Hungarian schoolboy, part post-apocalyptic Girl Guide, all this and yet the effect is sexy and pulled together. Mandula, who is originally from Hungary, was one of the first designers in North America to use organic natural fabrics, and it’s interesting that she combines new sustainable fabrics with older recycled materials – two different approaches to sustainable design. 

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Salvage architecture – Olle Lundberg

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

I saw this years ago and still can’t get it out of my head. Olle Lundberg, a renowned modernist architect, prefers to make his own personal living spaces out of castoffs and debris. During the work week he lives with his wife in San Francisco in an abandoned car ferry from Iceland.

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