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Rotorcaps Cuff Links
by Samantha Melamed Philadelphia, PA-based "rogue silversmith" Jen Roder gathers up discarded bottle capsm, upcycling them into cufflinks, dubbed Rotorcaps. Handmade with nickel silver and genuine Magic Hat, PBR, Blue Moon, Dogfish Head...
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Remake It Home: The Essential Guide to Resourceful Living
In Henrietta Thompson's thoughtful DIY book "Remake it Home: The Essential Guide to Resourceful Living," everything has a purpose. Her introductory essay traces the recent history of recycled design, citing Marcel Duchampâ€...
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UFO Disposable Birdseed Plates
by Jack Shaw Andrea Ruggiero brings green design to the backyard BBQ with his disposable UFO (Unidentified Feeding Object) Plate that's reborn as a birdfeeder after use—a concept he originally came up with as part of InDisposed, a recent...
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Dante Bonuccelli x Lamm: Keyboard Chair
This very sleek, designer-esque chair is the work of Dante Bonuccelli and Lamm for the 2009 Use More Use Less Project. Created from discarded keyboard keys, it looks amazing but we can't help but wonder about its comfort factor.
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Adam Kalkin: Shipping Container Architecture
Would you live in a shipping container? Until firms like Lot-ek, retailers like Freitag and architect Adam Kalkin started turning them into chic examples of creative re-use some years back, most wouldn't consider the question seriously. Kalkin...
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Best of CH 2008: Top Five Furniture Designs
Whether handsomely storing record collections or melding classic design with the durability of something suited for an office, the picks below represent furniture that goes beyond simply being furniture—in both substance and style. Fire Table...
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Raeburn Design
Christopher Raeburn cleverly constructs high-end street wear from re-deployed parachutes and military fabrics. Sourced from uniforms of specific countries and vintages, Raeburn creates elegant pieces of clothing in stark contrast to the combat-ready...
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Michael McHale Chandeliers
Former entertainment lawyer-turned-lighting designer Michael McHale creates chandeliers that are as much about structure as they are shimmering crystal. Born from the seeds of a DIY project, Michael McHale Designs is drafting a new vision for the...
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Margaux Lange: Barbie Jewelry
For many of us, the day we realized we just didn't have the childhood imagination required to play with Barbies anymore was a sad day in history. Fortunately, jewelry designer Margaux Lange found a new way to keep Barbie in our lives, with her...
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Kate Cusack: Zipper Jewelry, Costume Design and Window Dressing
by Ezra Natalia For Kate Cusack, the New York-based jewelery designer, costumer and wig-maker, her iPod's shuffle setting is an apt metaphor for the ups and downs of her hectic lifestyle, “The shuffle bounces all over the place...
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Tomas Kral: Upgrade Series
Applying traditional glass cutting techniques and gold labels to industrial bottles and jars for his recent project called "Upgrade," the young Slovakian designer Tomas Kral, a recent graduate from Ecal (Lausanne's University of Art...
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Cheeky Monkey Eco-Jewelry
by Ariston Anderson We've all heard about conflict-free diamonds but what about the other hazards of making jewelry? Cheeky Monkey Jewelry takes the ethical production of jewelry a step further by using recycled materials. Taking into consideration...
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Car Hood Coffee Tables
Using hoods from vintage American cars, Joel Hester handcrafts coffee tables in his Dallas, TX studio. Taking advantage of the bright colors of yesteryear and the patterns created by oxidization, the one-of-a-kind steel pieces add industrial chic...
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Conolounge Recycled Paper Tubes Chair
For a chair prototype called the Conolounge, Chilean designers Onceneto tapped La Tercera newspaper for leftover paper printer rolls. A steel support provides structure and adds a fetching bright green accent. It's a clever example of creative...
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A Figurinista: Cute Monsters Jewelry
At one time or another you've likely experienced some type of pareidolia, the mind's trick of seeing a face where there isn't one. Brazilian designer A Figurinista embraces the concept with her Cute Monsters jewelry. The collection repurposes...
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Vintage Leather Jacket Chucks
Converse's latest drop to celebrate their 100th is a lesson in how to make a good thing better. Made out of vintage leather jackets, the leather has that greasy worn-in feel and plenty of unique details. We also like the patchwork construction...
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Present & Correct Recycled Stationery
After experiencing the popularity of their paper goods selling in stores throughout the globe, the London-based stationers Present & Correct decided to take it online, opening their own store with goods culled from such far-flung locations as...
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Frank Willems: Madam Rubens
After studying advertising and presentation techniques at St. Lucas College and the Design Academy Eindhoven , Frank Willems worked briefly with rising design luminary Joris Laarman. Now participating in various group exhibitions and creating unique...
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Best of the Brooklyn Flea: Counter Evolution Bowling Alley Furniture
by Laurice Parkin After several visits by our small army of NY-based contributors, today we bring you a few of the best we found at the new Sunday morning ritual of Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Flea. Be sure to check back throughout the day to see more...
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Vintage Terrycloth Stuffed Animals
Made from reclaimed cotton terrycloth dating back to the '50s, '60s and '70s, these stuffed animals are a worthy challenge to their classic plush counterparts. Each neo-Boho monkey, pig or polar bear is handmade in Germany and is one...
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Re:vision Camera Cuffs
Australian designer Craig Arnold combined his passion for cameras and recycling to create Re:vision, a line of bracelets made by reshaping and polishing discarded cameras parts. The stylish hand-finished cuffs are available in eight models with themed...
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Stephen Burks: Cappellini Love
Yesterday at the Fiera Milano, walking through the sprawling campus of the supergroup Poltrona Frau, I ran into the New York designer Stephen Burks, who took a moment to chat with me about his new line of eco-conscious ware for Italian manufacturer...
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Elise Bergman Clothing
by Sheena Sood Chicago-based clothing designer Elise Bergman's business began as a small venture. A family-taught seamstress and self-trained designer with a degree in English lit, she started cutting and sewing dresses by hand out of her home...
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Camaleonte Animal Benches
Although they look fit for a kid's room, these novelty animal benches, made by the careful hand of São Paulo artisan Ted Benvenuti of Camaleonte, are gorgeous enough to grace the world of adults. Each one, weighing 77-88 pounds, takes him...
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