I have always loved the mix of ingenuity and practicality found in things created from other things. I am talking about art, clothes, jewellery, household objects, furniture - you name it; anything designed using unexpected salvaged or recycled materials.
Reclaiming style : using salvaged materials to create an elegant home is a great new addition to our library collection. It features the work of Retrouvius, a design and architectural salvage business, and demonstrates the potential in designing with salvage in the home. The photographs are beautiful, inspiring, and have given me a serious case of "I could do that!".
If you are interested in this topic and want to explore more we have a wealth of books full of examples and projects for practically everyone. The Design District blog even featured another salvage design book Recycled Home recently. Check their post out out here. Terms to get you started include: creative reuse (or misuse if you have a penchant for mischief), salvage, upcycling, refuse as art, trashion, refashion, and found objects.
The following are a few of my favorites followed by two websites:
1000 ideas for creative reuse is the perfect introduction to this topic as it covers so many different styles and approaches. Also available as an e-book.
Unscrewed : salvage and reuse motors, gears, switches, and more from your old electronics is for the mechanically gifted interested in geekcraft. Also available as an e-book.
Building with secondhand stuff : how to re-claim, re-vamp, re-purpose & re-use salvaged & leftover building materials an overview of types of salvaged materials including how to work with them. Also available as an e-book.
Cut-up couture : [edgy upcycled garments to sew] for fashion lovers.
Playing with books : the art of upcycling, deconstructing, & reimagining the book a complete guide to altered books including materials, techniques, projects, and a gallery of examples.
Superuse is a website showcasing contributions from artists, designers, architects, and those interested in the topic of reuse. I encourage you to check it out. You can view projects from around the world and filter them by type. This is how I recently came across a great initiative from the Canadian Wood Pallet and Container Association called repallet. They provide the blue-prints and background info (where to find them, which to use) and the rest is up to you!
We love hearing from you so please contact us with your creative reuse project or recommended reuse resource.