The aim of my game is to have upcycling enter the consciousness of society as a completely normal and preferable thing to do. Easy, breezy and fun. I am merely a small cog in the wheel, but this is the aim of my game!
However, perhaps where the notion of upycling furniture suffers a little is in the notion that it needs to be quite raw or rustic. This, and that if it is not, it's still very much in the realm of the artisan rather than mainstream.
Mummy, There's a Bath tub in the Loungeroom....
... and his name is Max.
Cleverly designed by the team over at reestore, this bath tub chaise is amusing, upcycled and functional without compromising on aesthetics.
Other contemporary & curious conversions from reestore include Agnes the car bumper sofa and Annie the shopping trolley chair.
Another interesting paper offcut piece from David is the Stack Table.
Made from printer's offcuts, the stacks of the paper that form the legs of the table are mechanically held together by Oak caps. There is no glue involved!
But surely one of the major users of forest products in the home is the floor.
Inghua Ting established TING in 2000. Following her graduation from the Royal College of Art, Inghua worked in Japan developing innovative, futuristic fabrics. However, working at the forefront of fabric technology led her to considering sustainable issues, and the challenge of designing and producing a desirable, luxury product from recycled materials. Inspired by old leather belts, reclaimed seat belts, old braces, vintage leather saddles, salvaged fabrics and tie silks. Inghua cleverly incorporates these materials into new designs to show them off to their best advantage.
Next: Part 2: No Skating in the House!