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Discarded 2 Desired | Exquisite jewelry made of trash

By Dian Hasan | November 21, 2010

What separates us from designers or anyone with a good eye for design, is their ability to look beyond the obvious and turn a daily object into a work of art! And when you combine this knack with an eco-consciousness, the result is amazing. Creations that soar as far as the imagination.

What others consider as trash, waste, garbage or simply junk, they see as a palette of design potential!

Beauty, after all, is in the eye of the beholder!


What happens after you consume your soft drink? The aluminum cap is probably the first you’d throw away. Not so fast. Israel-based design firm, Kotik, transforms the caps into exquisite jewelry. You wouldn’t know at first sight. What brands did you notice. Check below to see what you might’ve missed.


Inspiration: Say Hi to Design

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Grassroots Innovation | Abject Project, LA ~ design as a gamechanger

Abject Object is a design enterprise that supports homeless individuals and shelters through the design, production, and sale of retail accessories made from reclaimed materials. A hands-on rather than handout model for social and economic empowerment, Abject Object teaches valuable job skills including sewing, production, and business strategies, to homeless individuals.

The Los Angeles team of Project H partnered with the Downtown Women’s Center, a shelter in central Los Angeles, to develop four retail products that could be made using basic sewing skills, and whose function would have retail marketability, as well as tell stories about the women who made them.

The design team and women from Downtown Women’s Center worked side by side for three months on the development and prototyping of four products, each with a double-function:

1. A Bag that transforms into a hammock,

2. A “pocket scarf” that can be used as storage,

3. A hood garment that doubles as a tote bag, and

4. A cloth mat whose pieces can be used as pot-holders.

All materials were scavenged or donated, and included recycled bike inner tubes, parachutes, donated clothing, and rope. The sale and proceeds of all four products, which will be sold through local and online retailers, go back directly to the individual who made the item, and the shelter.

Using the Downtown Women’s Center as a first client, the team has now developed a manual, user guide, training program, and resource kit for additional shelters in the area to launch their own in-house Abject Object enterprises.

Inspiration: Project H Design


Discarded 2 Desired | Stool made of crutches and bike parts

In the spirit of “reuse, reduce, recycle”, I came across an interesting piece on one man’s journey into a design competition that resulted in an interesting-looking final product.

They say that “necessity is the mother of all inventions”, and I’m guessing that’s what this chap was thinking when entering a design competition using recycled materials. His entry was a stool (doesn’t look like it was high enough to be a bar stool) fashioned out of three crutches and a bike wheel.

PS: the quirky stool did win a prize!

Source: Zieak and Ideas Inspiring Innovation


Discarded 2 Desired | Transforming trash into tasteful art

By Dian Hasan | October 5, 2010

What separates us from designers or anyone with a good eye for design, is their ability to look beyond the obvious and turn a daily object into a work of art! And when you combine this knack with an eco-consciousness, the result is amazing. Creations that soar as far as the imagination.

What others consider as trash, waste, garbage or simply junk, they see as a palette of design potential!

Here’s a look at what happens to trash, and how it’s  transformed into tasteful home decor items. Courtesy of talented South African artist, Heath Nash.

Heath Nash is a sculptor living in Cape Town who has made his name by creating functional art from rubbish. Read the story of how Nash started working with waste material creating ranges such as Other People’s Rubbish as “a possible form of future upliftment for a country in desperate need of employment opportunities, and as a way to promote the idea of recycling to a very unaware SouthAfrican public”

Nash graduated from Cape Town University with a degree in sculpture transforms trash into treasure. A crusader of recycling, Nash finds and creates beauty in unlikely places. Collecting and using plastic bottles, caps and other discarded materials, Nash and his team creates funky lampshades and other lifestyle products. He also employs local artisans and crafts people, creating a local industry that generates income for people, revives traditional craft methods while infusing a contemporary element. Recently, Nash was nominated to represent South Africa as a young design entrepreneur for the British Council’s young design entrepreneur award in England.

Flowerdrum-white, Bottleformball and Milkbase Drum recycled plastic bottle pendant light fixtures.

Flowerball-multicolor-medium, Pod and Flowerball-pink-small recycled plastic bottle pendant light fixtures.

Inspiration: Design in Africa


Discarded 2 Desired | Repurposed tires into exquisite art

By Dian Hasan | October 5, 2010

What separates us from designers or anyone with a good eye for design, is their ability to look beyond the obvious and turn a daily object into a work of art! And when you combine this knack with an eco-consciousness, the result is amazing. Creations that soar as far as the imagination.

What others consider as trash, waste, garbage or simply junk, they see as a palette of design potential!

Here’s a look at what happens to discarded tires, and how they’re transformed into exquisite – albeit rather harsh-looking work of art. From the hands of South Korean sculptor Ji Yong Ho.

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Inspiration: Web Ecoist


Discarded 2 Desired | Repurposed old tires

By Dian Hasan | October 5, 2010

What separates us from designers or anyone with a good eye for design, is their ability to look beyond the obvious and turn a daily object into a work of art! And when you combine this knack with an eco-consciousness, the result is amazing. Creations that soar as far as the imagination.

What others consider as trash, waste, garbage or simply junk, they see as a palette of design potential!

Here’s a look at what happens to discarded tires. Transformed into modern furniture pieces. From the minds of South Africa-based Tyred. One appropriate name indeed!

We make Sustainable, Lifestyle Furniture from the used mass amounts of tyres that have accumulated into towers of unusable waste. We managed to turn them into something chic and enjoyable, fun and durable. ~ Tyred Furniture

By repurposing old tires, Tyred creates custom designed chairs, ottomans and tables that can be used indoors and outdoors. Using various materials from foam and leather to canvas and wood, means that each furniture piece can be customized to specific needs. While helping the environment, Tyred is also making a social impact by only employing men with families and attest to hiring more men as the need arises.

Inspiration: Design in Africa


Discarded 2 Desired | Repurposed kitchen colander

By Dian Hasan | September 28, 2010

What separates us from designers or anyone with a good eye for design, is their ability to look beyond the obvious and turn a daily object into a work of art! And when you combine this knack with an eco-consciousness, the result is amazing. Creations that soar as far as the imagination.

What others consider as trash, waste, garbage or simply junk, they see as a palette of design potential!

Here’s a look at what happens to a colander, a daily kitchen utensil we take for granted. Transformed into a hanging lamp, Colander Luminaire. From the minds of Vancouver, BC-based Organelle Design.



Discarded 2 Desired | Repurposed clothes hangers

By Dian Hasan | September 28, 2010

What separates us from designers or anyone with a good eye for design, is their ability to look beyond the obvious and turn a daily object into a work of art! And when you combine this knack with an eco-consciousness, the result is amazing. Creations that soar as far as the imagination.

What others consider as trash, waste, garbage or simply junk, they see as a palette of design potential!

Here’s a look at what happens to discarded clothes hangers. Transformed into modern chandeliers, aptly named Hangeliers, made from clothes hangers and bicycle rims. From the minds of Vancouver, BC-based Organelle Design.

… waste is the most abundant local resource our cities have to offer. Often free or inexpensive, waste is a seemingly endless supply, always providing new and exciting design possibilities. ~ Alex Witko & Courtney Hunt, Organelle Design Founders