One of the most functional applications of upcycling lies in the production of furniture. With so much stuff in the world it makes sense to put some of it together untill you can sit on it or eat off of it. This idea is expanded on and represented in many ways as some make high end, art/furniture aimed at the collector, and others nail together pallets to make lawn furniture. Whatever style suits your mood, in here you will find plenty of upcycled wonders.
These two clever young designers in Portland, Oregon have an amazing line of furniture made from repurposed materials such as discarded bleachers and lockers from local schools to...
Bright Designlab's Upcycled Furniture LIneLast Updated on 2010-12-01 00:00:00These two clever young designers in Portland, Oregon have an amazing line of furniture made from repurposed materials such as discarded bleachers and lockers from local schools to steel railroad plates chucked out when the trains stopped running.
Here´s what Alissa and Leela have to say about their upcycled furniture and some of the pieces they can custom create for their clients:
Upcycling utilizes materials otherwise left behind, rendered useless in their original intent. By creating new pieces made of reclaimed barnwood, retired school bleachers, vintage locker baskets and salvaged steel piping, we give industrial materials slated as waste a new purpose: upcycled furniture. Each unique piece is derived from found items, sourced and fabricated locally. The design of this furniture has stemmed from our love for the modern aesthetic and our passion for the history and character of... More »
The East Bay Depot for Creative ReuseLast Updated on 2010-09-20 00:00:00Wow! Here's an amazing non-profit organization and great source of waste materials in Berkley that's been flying the upcycling flag since 1979! Great site, great resource for all those upcycling practitioners in the Bay Area . . .
The East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse is an ecological treasure trove of art & craft materials, educational supplies, vintage furniture, home décor, paper goods, fabric, and much more. Founded in 1979 by two Oakland public school teachers, the Depot promotes solid waste diversion and resource conservation through the Depot store and environmental education programs
The mission of the East Bay Depot is to divert waste materials from landfills by collecting and redistributing discarded goods as low-cost supplies for art, education, and social services in our Depot Store. The educational mission is to increase the awareness of school children and the... More »
Newspaper Stick TableLast Updated on 2009-12-14 14:11:19Here are a bunch of different angles on the same table. It's made out of rolled up newspaper, yup, that's it. Thanks to our friend Sudarshan in India for sending these photos. More »
Make a Bench from PalletsLast Updated on 2009-08-17 17:58:16Check out this amazing video that I found on a blog called Holy Scrap Hot Springs: Reckless Experimentation in Truth or Consequences. Wendy and Mike make a super cool bench out of old pallets . . . ya know, those wooden slats nailed together to move large amounts of materials. I suppose it would be best if you were going to upcycle pallets to use ones that are no longer useful for their intended purpose (those with broken or rotted planks, etc.). Anyway, here's what the bloggers had to say about the very simple process and materials:
"Wendy and I spent the day working on our pallet chair. It is really more like a small bench. The project was quite easy. I think we did the whole thing from beginning to end in less than four hours with really no plan in place. The only thing we used besides a fancy pallet was six bolts (+nuts and washers), a few feet of 1x4 to fill in some gaps and a... More »
Hmmm . . . Upcycled Couch? Any thoughts?Last Updated on 2009-08-17 00:00:00Our house here in Oaxaca is más o menos all decked out and very comfortable. We only lack one important element: a couch. We've been thinking since we moved in (6 months ago) about trying to upcycle one . . . we have thought about cardboard with paper mache or maybe building with filled PET bottles and adobe or combined with the paper mache . . . but we really just have no idea. One of our concerns, of course, is that we will need to be able to move the thing once we construct it. It cannot be too heavy, as I imagine plastic bottles filled with sand would be. The other thing is that it has to be durable, and comfortable too. I've seen some furniture made out of cardboard boxes but I've never seen anything very big and sturdy from paper. I've just been searching around looking for examples of upcycled couches and I can't find anything! I did manage to find this chaise lounge on... More »
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