Upcycling

From A Beer Bottle To A Light Bulb Moment By Studio Swine

I love it when someone takes an everyday object whose form or purpose we now take for granted and manages to transforms it into something extraordinary.

Studio Swine (which incidentally stands for “Super Wide Interdisciplinary New Explorers”) is co-founded by a Japanese Architect Azusa Murakami and a British Artist Alexander Groves. They are those kind of innovators.

This Anglo-Japanese design studio has criss-crossed the planet, creating amazing designs which all appear to explore how our finite resources can be successfully used (or reused) in the context of modern design.

When most people look at a bottle of beer they see a happy time ahead of them…

 

Heineken beer bottle by Tristan Townley

Heineken beer bottle by Tristan Townley

 

Few would spare a thought for the bottle – it’s simply a container. But the visionaries at Studio Swine had a light bulb moment… Continue reading

Guy Laramee – Carved Book Landscapes

One of the reasons so many old or broken things get discarded is because most people can only see it for what it is now and not what it could be.  I find it really inspiring when a designer, craftsman or artist takes this perceived trash and transform it into treasure.

One such artist is Guy Laramee. He takes old books and turns them into these amazing landscapes…

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Earth Hour – 29th March at 8.30pm

At 8.30pm local time today – Saturday 29th March its EARTH HOUR!

Earth Hour 2014 launches their iPhone app to encourage people to go beyound the hour

Earth Hour 2014 launches their iPhone app to encourage people to go beyound the hour

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A lesson in Upcycling…

We are a disposable society. It has become all too easy to discard something rather than look at ways to repurpose it.

There is a real gift in looking at a piece destined for the scrap heap and see if any of its parts could be salvaged to potentially function in a new way.

Once you harness that creative spirit and lateral thinking the world of upcycling opens up and it is incredible the levels you can take it.

Tim Collins of Cloud Melbourne is one such inspiring Australian industrial designer.

 

Realax stools by Tim Collins (image by Cloud Melbourne)

Realax stools by Tim Collins (image by Cloud Melbourne)

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How do you bring Mother Nature to a small office space?

As humans we thrive when surrounded by mother nature. There is nothing new in me telling you that that.

Its all great in theory and then you find yourself sitting in your office cubicle feeling a bit like the mouse on the running wheel and not a Sky Planter or Woolly Pocket in sight…

 

Bad office layout and a lack of greenery has been proven time and again to have a direct correlation to:

  • high staff turnover
  • increased sick days
  • higher levels of stress
  • poor concentration
  • lower work efficiency

Not great for the business owner or the staff.

 

Nidolab (an Argentine architecture and interior design firm) have taken the challenge and with just 54 m2 have created this space:

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