Archives for category: furniture

recycled and upcycled wine barrel chair

I love this. So you have an old wine barrel and you don’t know what to do with it… well, someone does. This awesome chair from Uncommon Goods is one of the neatest “reuse” chairs I have seen in some time and it is upcycling at its best!


recycled vinyl album bowlI saw these years ago at the Bizarre Bazar in Somerville, MA. I totally forgot about them until I saw them on Uncommon Goods website. What an awesome use of an old record.

And you can make one yourself – but, if you do, be careful. I imagine that emergency room trip would involve lots of explanations about why you had an old record on the stove…

sunshine lucy'sSunshine Lucy’s is a great spot for furniture in Davis Square, Somerville, MA. The craftsmen there find or purchase old furniture and breathe new life into it with new paint or upholstery. In the end the pieces look so much cooler than anything you’d find at a new furniture store.

recycled glass vasesI never would have guessed that you could design something by only gently changing it from its original shape. Well, these recycled glass vases from Tord Boontje and Emma Woffenden are… well… perfect!

recycled plastic birdhouseThis adorable birdhouse from Loll is made from recycled plastic! On their site they quote a Chinese proverb: A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.

Well, sing birdie, sing!

egg shell planter, recycled or upcycled

Check out this ingenious idea that I saw at a wedding one time (they were the table centerpieces). I found an example of the egg shell planters on the Nebraska Poultry site (I mean, where else would it be…).

Concrete succulent table

Concrete succulent table from Five Feet From the Moon

I saw a spectacular table from Five Feet From the Moon. I found their website and discovered even more! These tables are made with concrete tops and double as planters with live plants as embedded centerpieces… so cool!

In this amazing short movie, we meet Solar Demi who lights up dark homes in a poor community using empty soda bottles. That’s right – discarded plastic bottles provide great light for the residents of Sitio Maligaya in the Philippines. This morning we salute Solar Demi for turning trash into the gift of light.

revision table from artists for humanity in boston

The Revision Table from Artists for Humanity in Boston uses old magazines and junkmail.

Tired of getting junkmail? Yeah – me, too. Well, this Revision Table from the Artists for Humanity in Boston uses that junk and makes it more beautiful than the senders of junkmail ever could have envisioned. What a great reuse of our junk!


skate wall by skate study house

Skate Wall by Skate Study House uses what

Having navigated the streets around my grandparents’ house as a kid, with one leg on the board and one swiping the ground, I thought this room divider by Skate Study House was pretty darn cool. Want to separate your home office from the den or bedroom, but still allow light to pass through?