Chest of drawers Tejo Remy

Chest of drawers had its première in 1991 and has since become a true Droog classic, an icon of conceptual design collected by museums such as MoMA and Museum of Art and Design in New York. A criticism on consumerism, Tejo Remy collected found drawers, gave them new enclosures and loosely bundled them into a chest. His pioneering vision was to make one’s own paradise with what one encounters, as Robinson Crusoë did on his island.

'Replex' Table By Oormerk

Bow Bins by Cordula Kehrer for Areaware

These half-plastic, half-wicker waste paper bins by German designer Cordula Kehrer for American brand Areaware are made with the Aeta people of the Philippines. The villagers use traditional basket weaving techniques to attach sustainably harvested rattan to the plastic pieces.

This project, which combines hand-woven natural wickerwork and colourful plastic, also asks us to consider larger questions about the nature of design, the role of the hand-made, and the place of craft-based cultures in a globalised economy.

Stanley Ruiz: Symbiosis Wood Speakers

All Material Table By Dirk Vander Kooij

Scrapwood Sideboard Piet Hein Eek 2005

Tree Trunk Bench Jurgen Bey 1999

NewspaperWood by Mieke Meijer and Vij5


NewspaperWood shows a reversing of a traditional production process; not from wood to paper, but the other way around

Cuisine d'objects 5.5 Designers

With the very simple use of cement as a joining and bonding agent 5.5 Designers have established a range of products which can be made at home and interpreted how you like with your preferred parts within. With old dishes and trays they've designed a coat rack, a stool, a magazine holder and a lamp, along with scrap wood and cement you can use any number of things to customise in your own way.

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Offcut Bar Stools by Edwards Moore Architects

The stools were shown at Raising the Bar as part of the State of Design festival. The show challenged 10 architects to use recycled materials to design components for a working licensed bar. All the materials for the show had to be either hard rubbish finds, found objects or the reused existing materials.

Little Crush Lamp StudioMold

My Family Sonia Verguet

Researching more and more practitioners I have noticed like with Sonia Verguet their products spark from a primary or direct source. Either the practitioner is very interested in waste culture or a change sparks them to investigate further, These pieces have one component of a plain timber box and the other from an old piece of furniture, bringing a sense of variation and difference between them all. This is why the piece is named 'My Family' because people come in all shapes and sizes and that is what the designer is displaying, also a connection between the stools and a certain harmony that we uphold as humans were we are accepting of others regardless of their shape, size, age etc.

Mirador Ring Bandada

I can take from these rings that the designers are challenging preciousness and the value we hold to jewellery. The plywood rings which to me appeal through their layered pattern and raw structure on the exterior, which may not be the most appealing to traditional jewellery collectors, but they are functional and expressive and have a sustainable effect because of the source from a CNC machine off cuts.

Keep Petter Throrne and Anders Johnson for Muuto

Keep is a dining table crafted from the leftover materials of furniture production. Instead of going to waste, the rejected wood injects value and character to the design. Metal bands hold the wood blocks together, eliminating the need for glue.

Open Source Sea Chair by Studio Swine


Plastiki Expedition boat by Exploration Architecture for Adventure Ecology

Andy Dovell. The team later found a supplier of a revolutionary sheet material called SrPET that uses recycled plastic bottles in two forms – one like a fiber and one like a resin – so that when put together they create a material that is very similar to fiberglass.

However, unlike fiberglass which is impossible to recycle, the SrPET is made entirely from one material and can be recycled indefinitely with no loss of resources or material quality – the holy grail of Cradle to Cradle design. The design of the systems on the boat presented other challenges as we were determined that the Plastiki should be a zero emissions boat.

Abitudini Hangers by Antonello Fusè For

Paul Evermann: bender stool

I think the cable ties used to support the chair at first come across as unstable and an irregular way of joining. But Overman has combined natural found wood with a very simple temporary modern design that is the cable tie, with this to me he's showing how such a seemingly temporary modern product can be of as much importance and hold comparative strength with a traditional component, like a piece of branch.

Fake scrapwood furniture by Studio Ditte

In 1990 Piet Hein Eek made his first cupboard from reclaimed scrapwood and the rest, as they say, is history. Soon you couldn’t step into a somewhat upmarket furniture store without stumbling into one or two scrapwood items. The only problem with these, and one that’s persisted ever since, is despite that they’re made out of garbage they’re so damned expensive.

Favela Chair Fernando and Humberto Campana 2003

Jubilee boat collective spirit

More than 1,000 people saw the launch of an Olympic boat built from 1,200 pieces of wood, including bits from the Mary Rose and Jimi Hendrix's guitar.

The 30ft yacht, named Collective Spirit, will sail along the south coast of England from July in the run-up to the Olympics.

The boat will arrive at the sailing venue in Weymouth and Portland, Dorset, in time for the Games in August.

It took to the water in Emsworth, Hampshire.

The artists who came up with the idea, Gary Winters and Gregg Whelan, visited 20 locations across the region seeking wooden donations to be used in the building of the craft.

The pair, known as Lone Twin, also invited members of the public to bring wooden pieces to their boatyard at Thornham Marina, Emsworth, from where it was launched. 

The only criteria were that the items were made from wood and had a story behind them.

TransPlastic by Campana Brothers

The Campana's have simultaneously used both aspects of natural and man made and combined them in one expressive piece comparing and representing two sides of design. The classic design of the thatched outdoor chair combined with a new age classic. The plastic has been added to 'suffocate' the natural underlying material representing how this plastic suffocates the Brazilian rainforest. Wicker furniture has a traditional and authentic appearance and I think the brothers by combining the two show strongly that function and durability should not be put above design style.

Patchwork Lamp Amy Hunting

This product has been produced in a sustainable way and because it has been made in 12 sizes is very versatile, with no fitting required, just a simple fit. All lamp shades were cut from one patchwork block of wood that once finished with left a tiny square of scrap.

Tatum's Lounge Nine Storied Furniture Company

The reclamation and salvage within this piece may not be instantly recognisable but the story behind has lots of depth. Andrew Rumpler when walking around Brooklyn, New York came across a discarded piano and retrieved parts which he felt stood out to him, and after two years of them staying unchanged, he produced this stylish chair.


I love the involvement and patience taken into account in this product, clearly from holding onto the items for such a long time has given the designer lots of new perspectives of their alignment. The structural composition represents a basic wooden chair but the added detail of of the piano keys gives it  more personal touch.

Louis 900 Reddish Studio

Elastic Shelf System Design Studio

Used bicycle inner tubes from a repair shop in Barcelona and the legs were sourced from a collection centre for waste items being recycled. I like this connection between the two, heavily disposed of products, some of which do not have the longest life span designed prior to production and mass amounts are wasted. These shelves as an idea have great potential because of how accessible and easy they would be to make your self and also the good functional qualities they hold.

Pipe Line Bookcase Malafor

PVC offcuts used in housing construction have been cut and aligned with two straps to assemble here to create a quirky and usable bookcase. There is no limit to a design like this as the numbers shape and size can be altered in any way to produce a working outcome. When you take a material like this and asses its qualities and its previous function, there are endless possibilities that it could be.

1. Collecting

2. Melting

3. Casting

Rag chair  Tejo Remy

This chair is layered from the contents of 15 bags of rags. It arrives ready made but the user has the option to recycle its own discarded clothes to be included in the design. Each piece is unique; a treasure-chest of memories.

Pharrell Williams and G-Star RAW transform ocean plastic into denim collection

"Bionic Yarn is a company built around performance, and denim is the perfect category to show the world what Bionic Yarn can do. Everyone has jeans in their closet,"

Andrea MagnaniGiovanni Delvecchio and Elisabetta Amatori from Resign studio imagined DiCorte

endless chair by Dirk Vander Kooij

Melting Pot Table By Dirk Vander Kooij

Jorge Penadés creates furniture from waste leather

Heater Chair and Seat BorisLab Boris Dennler

Radiators, being comprised of large amounts of metal is a finite resource, Boris Dennler saw this waste and decided to reinvent a scrap heap radiator. I can see how he has used the material to his advantage and as opposed to cutting and sticking the pieces he's used brute force to bend it and create the basic form of a chair. 

The radiator is finished with welded legs and an enamel paint, this shows how a small adaptation to a salvaged product can not only reinvent the original properties but add to the aesthetic and increase its physical qualities of durability.

Weld Vases Phil Cuttance

Using hot air plastic welding and scrappy off cuts of ABS Cuttance has produced heavily modernism influenced vases with very refined and simple geometric shapes and forms. Looking at the forms he may have been limited by the off cuts or he could have used the offcuts and cut them further than the original cut to a size he preferred and then went through the hot air welding process.


Although the bulk of the plastic is reused, the hot air welding process uses a plastic filler rod and creates a decorative edge to the symmetrical but handmade vases.


Legged Cabinets Ubico Studio

These cabinets very simply lean and have been reclaimed from an urban environment, collected from; Dumpsters, renovation sites and the streets of Tel Aviv. Ubico aims to use solely recycled and reclaimed material but produce a high quality finish with these. I feel they have accomplished their goal through these cabinets, mixing a wide range of different styles and furniture to create authentic patchwork cabinets.

Pallet Lights Studiomama

The pallet project started in 2006 with Nina Tolstrup creating functional furniture and lighting with instructions for its assembly by the consumer. The pallet lights follow the same logic, with instructions available for £10 for assembly by the consumer. This concept appeals to me because for something to be free, sustainable and functional it makes it very accessible. Any family, office or factory can take part in the project and create a social environment for design, even if you hold no interest for design, you may still get involved.

Bolt Furniture Jamison Sellers

This designer has covered lots of exotic wood scraps from pallets, with a frame of walnut, the pieces cut at a 45 degree angle add to the aesthetic and take away form the scrap wood and source of the material. Other components like the cast iron legs of some pieces in the collection were also sourced and iI think this combination of salvaged materials is sometimes clear although they may not have been found in the same area.


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