Posts Tagged ‘repurposed’

The largest clear-span wooden building in the world – Tillamook Air Museum

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

The largest clear-span wooden building in the world, constructed entirely without glue wood, was built as a U.S. military air station hangar. It is now the Tillamook Air Museum in Oregon. More info here and Wikipedia.

It’s nice to see communities saving these old military hangars.

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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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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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Dram lamp by Propellor, made from vintage tumblers

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

This fantastic new pendant lamp or chandelier is by my friends Propellor, an award winning collaboration of three Vancouver designers whose ridiculously beautiful studio is a few blocks from mine. The lamp was publicly launched today and while I’ve liked their Red Square chandelier for a long time, and would like to install it in my studio, I like this one just as much.

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The “What’s In, What’s Out for 2009” list thing.

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

The “What’s In and What’s Out in 2009” lists are starting to appear. Not to be too protestant about it, since environmentalism in its more puritanical moment can make you want to stab yourself in the eye with a fork—a plastic fork—but these lists can get anxiety-provoking. Where is all our old stuff supposed to go?

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