I respect turning “trash to treasure” and the people who have an eye for it. So I wanted to share amazing pieces that show the creative possibilities of recycling.
1. Shopping Cart Living Room set
Shopping at-home will never be the same. According to the creator:
… This project is about more than creative eco-friendly reuse or sustainable material innovation – it is about reclaiming private garbage and turning it into public outdoor furniture.
2. Annie Chair
Another shopping cart modeled chair.
Created from 10,000 ordinary drinking straws, this chair is anything but. The chair which reflects on disposable contemporary culture was chosen as Curators Choice at Noise Festival 2008.
This is probably one of the most explosive creations of artist Alexander Reh. The chair is made from 388- .12 gauge shotgun shells. Reh describes the chair as:
An odd dichotomy of comfort and demise is prevalent in this combination of furniture and weaponry.
5. Nickel Sofa
This may be one of my favorites. This sofa was created from 6,400 nickels and weighs 125 lbs. Vermont-native artist Johnny Swing made over 35-000 welds to create this sleek masterpiece.
Created by Amir Zinaburg from Israel, this chair is made from melted aluminum cans.
This is an easily appreciated concept. The armchair is naturally weather resistant and consumers say it is surprisingly comfortable.
The phrase “A la lata,” translates as ‘to the can’ in Spanish. Artist Carlos Alberto Montana Hoyos used 1739 pulltabs and zip ties to create the hip chair.
9. Pencil Chair
Like my recent post about pencil sculpture, German artist Kerstin Schuz finds beauty in the same material. However, I can’t say this one looks usable.
This Baroque-esque mirror was modeled with thousands of bottle caps recycled by Rick Ladd from a local bar.
11. Suitcase Chair
Suitcases aren’t just for traveling anymore. Katie Thompson, designer of this linen upholstered chair says:
An object is no longer being used for its original purpose in life! That purpose has expired and I have recreated a beautiful ‘something else’
The frame of this chair is constructed of aluminum bicycle rims.
13. Pen Chandelier
So what to do with all those pens post-graduation? This chandelier was made from pens that have been dried out custom-made for a nightclub in Portugal.
14. Newspaper Basket
Feeling adventurous? Learn how to make this basket by weaving newspaper! Here