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Upcycling

DESIGN
A Multifunctional, Blue-Stained Wooden Bike Rack
ICYMI: a pine beetle epidemic has attacked more than 44 million acres of pine trees in British Columbia over the past 15 years—with warmer temperatures aiding the population to grow and spread far beyond its typical reach. Not only do the beetles...
STYLE
KUON's Contemporary Boro
Debuting at the end of 2015 and now available in Hong Kong and Japan, Japanese fashion house KUON incorporates pieces of vintage textiles into their bohemian wares. While that's not uncommon (from Japan or elsewhere), their choice of materials stands...
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FURNITURE_DECOR
Forest Tumblers
Crafted from the lower portion of recycled Bordeaux bottles, The Green Glass Co.'s Forest Tumbler set upcycles more than materials—it brings along the nostalgia and charm of great wine. Each glass in the set of four holds 10 oz portions of your favorite...
DESIGN
Studio Visit: BUAISOU, Brooklyn
Here at CH, indigo is our muse (we've even dedicated a Gift Guide to it this year) but sometimes, the final product can't tell the entire story on its own. Natural indigo blue is not an easy color to achieve, is the takeaway from our conversation...
FURNITURE_DECOR
Recycle Rug Indigo
Constructed from recycled strips of Nudie Jeans' high-quality denim, the Lill-Mats' Recycle Rug Indigo is a variation of a Swedish trasmatta—better known as a "rag rug." Made in an exclusive limited edition of 275 pieces, the beautiful indigo weave...
STYLE
Laurie Lee Custom Leather
As a statement leather jacket that's more personable than something straight off the rack, London-based Laurie Lee's one-of-a-kind pieces are an enticing option. She transforms quality vintage leather jackets found in secondhand stores and paints...
DESIGN
DIY Furniture with a Few SNAPs
Spanish designers Maria Roca and Erika Biarnes of new company Be-elastic have come up with a creative way to help furniture keep up with our increasing mobile, space-conscious and environmentally-sensitive lives. Their first design, SNAP, is a...
CLOTHING_ACCESSORIES
Wine Barrel Cufflinks
For any wine enthusiast, upscale attire often accompanies tasting the best of the best while out on the town. Crafted from oak staves, formerly a part of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon wine barrels, these elegant cufflinks pair well with formal occasions...
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Reclaimed Wood Bluetooth Speaker
In complete contrast to the cheap, mass-produced plastic speakers that clutter the aisles at convenience stores are the unique crafted pieces by Salvage Audio. Each of their Bluetooth speakers are handmade in California from reclaimed wood that has...
CULTURE
Skateboards Made From Garbage: The Bucket Board
Despite a shift toward more environmentally conscious consumption habits, trash remains a pressing global pollution problem that threatens the habitats of humans and wildlife alike. To raise awareness for the World Wildlife Fund's upcoming Earth...
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FURNITURE_DECOR
One of a Kind byBorre Quilt
When Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek—who is fond of using scrap material in his works—came across a former tie factory in Milan, he discovered a large trove of unused silk necktie fabrics. In a collaboration with textile designer Borre Akkersdijk, he...
DESIGN
Old Jeans, New Saddle: Brooks + Levi's Cambium C17
Last summer, denim heads in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and London donated their beyond-repair jeans at Levi's pop-up Commuter Workspace—an outreach project aimed at urban bike commuters. Now the discarded denim has been given a new life by the heritage...
STYLE
RE/DUN: Vintage Jeans With a Modern Fit
The biggest problem with shopping for vintage jeans is that tailoring is usually a requirement, further extending the initial commitment of both time and money. Uniting storied denim with a contemporary silhouette is LA's new womenswear brand RE...
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The Jack Sunglasses
Putting a modern spin on the '60s swagger of JFK in the summer, Traps Eyewear presents the universally flattering Jack shades. Lest anyone thinks these are your run-of-the-mill sunglasses, the frames' high-quality Italian acetate is paired with aged...
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HANDMADE
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FURNITURE_DECOR
Recycled Wool Throw
This cozy wool blanket is as good for naps as it is the environment. Made in the USA from a blend of sustainably raised wool and recycled acrylics that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill, the 45'' x 66'' throw has a luxuriously soft heathered...
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Recycled Fiber Swing
Amp up your hammock game with Michele Varian's beautiful, bohemian riff on the classic. The Recycled Fiber Swing weaves together sturdy, colorful ropes in a cozy, kill-an-afternoon chair that adds a real dash of something different to a room or terrace...
STYLE
Wintervacht Revives Decades-Old Blankets as Wool Coats
Upon a first look at Wintervacht's brightly hued wool coats—from plum purple and canary yellow to curious patterns that evoke lava lamps or colorful chess boards—it's almost impossible to believe that in their past life, these coats were old blankets...
DESIGN
Caicifang: A New Life for Ancient Porcelain
Since the beginning of last century, when the Qing dynasty was in its final years, China had a tradition of recovering old fragments of precious ceramic. In 1902, in the bustling commercial area south of Beijing's Forbidden City, several workshops...
DESIGN
Studio Swine's Sea Chair: Into The Gyre
After creating the award-winning Sea Chair (made from discarded plastic washed up on beaches), London-based design duo Studio Swine has decided to take their project to the next level. Not content with the attention they have already drawn to the...
TECH
Electric Waste Orchestra
In the hubbub of Moogfest, we serendipitously ran into a guy wearing purple 3D-printed eyeglasses and holding something that looked like a keytar. Upon closer inspection, and with the house lights turned up, it turned out to be a musical instrument...
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Upcycled iMac Pet Bed
The '90s stay alive—for your animals at least—with this upcycled iMac pet bed. This isn't some nostalgic reproduction, this is the actual shell of a candy-colored computer hollowed out to make room for a cozy nook for a small dog or cat.
TRAVEL
Castelfalfi's Picchio Reale Project, Tuscany
When artist and designer Adolfo Pistolesi heard that the new Castelfalfi project—whose mission is to breathe new life into an 800-year-old village in Tuscany, Italy—was in need of local shops on their expansive estate, he decided to embark upon a...
DESIGN
Jaki Coffey's Skips
Based in Dublin, Jaki Coffey is a designer who is drawn—you might say magnetized—to rubbish. It’s her muse, or as she puts it: “Lust in Found.” Basing her latest project “Skips” (on display last week at London's New Designers show) more directly...
CULTURE
Stuart Haygarth: Play
Recently opened at Paris' The Carpenters Workshop Gallery, photographer-turned-designer Stuart Haygarth's "Play" showcases fascinating pieces of furniture, from lighting to tables. Upon first blush, the British designer's sculptural works appear...
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