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Apeture Bracelet

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Going kinda along the same lines as the other day, thinking about creatively re-using defunkt stuff to make worthwhile stuff… Not really a universal product by any stretch of the imagination, but might be that special present for the photography loving girlfriend…check out some other stuff here


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May 22, 2008 at 6:19 pm

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Material re-appropriation in Design

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I’ve been reading some articles recently on the past New York Design week, and was particularly interested by one about a new line of furniture by Uhuru

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These guys have a really nice take on the shaker/arts and crafts philosophy of locally sourced materials and local labour – they have been recycling first growth wood (now extremely hard to come by) taken from buildings being renovated in the New York area, and using it in their furniture – the changing needs of a densely populated urban area provide their raw materials.

This made me think of the scrapile laminated offcut furniture – Two guys going round all the sawmills in Brooklyn collecting offcuts from which they make some really impressive, functional furniture.

The environmental impact of this kind of design is very obvious – we need to think of more innovative ways to re-use or re-appropriate the everyday things we throw away (maybe the wombles did have the right idea!) but maybe they had something there!) and be aware of the value of things which might otherwise be thrown into a skip.

Design trends seem to be enveloping these ideas too – Environmentally sensitive design is not limited solely to mobile phones with paper circuitry , fridges which disassemble themselves, and recycled packaging – I think the value of creating beautiful, functional things from found and or discarded objects is vastly underrated. This externalisation creates a real awareness of what we throw away, I’m not saying everyone should go and construct a chandelier from party poppers, but the fact it exists surely raises awareness about a larger problem.

Stuart Haygarth chandelier

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May 20, 2008 at 10:07 am

Blu’s latest wall stopmotion – MUTO

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This absolutely blew me away this morning – I saw some of this guy’s stuff at the Jonathan Levine gallery last December where he’d done a similar wall stopmotion, but the sheer scale of this piece is incredible. Some truly random and beautiful ideas executed with in an effortless, but clearly hugely time consuming way -brilliant!

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May 13, 2008 at 11:57 pm

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