- 1:20 pm - Mon, May 27, 2013
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A group of students in France crafted wooden, energy-producing stationary bicycles from trash. These novel bikes were recently used to power a film festival screening in St. Étienne.
[The students] formed a collective called Open Sources and developed several plastic bike prototypes in collaboration with a local design firm.
The team constructed new prototypes based on the original bikes, only with upcycled trash for the parts. Slats from old beds were used for the curved seat. The frame came from discarded wooden grocery crates and old church benches, according to the project description. Table legs became the base.
(via Bikes Made From Trash Power Film Festival)
- 6:03 pm - Thu, May 9, 2013
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Students and staff at Newcastle University have created a pop-up cafe built entirely out of upcycled waste, including plastic drink bottles and cardboard boxes. The team spent three months designing and constructing the cross disciplinary project, which was contributed to by engineers, architects and social scientists.
The U-Cafe was designed to challenge our perception of waste and explore new ways of creating sustainable buildings. It features chairs made from plastic bottles, walls constructed using cardboard boxes, and staff aprons made out of recycled plastic bags.
Via: Pop-Up Cafe Built Entirely Out Of Garbage [Video] - PSFK
- 11:52 am - Thu, Feb 28, 2013
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In landmark art preservation news:
It’s hard to miss the 70-foot-tall blue saxophone as you drive down Richmond Avenue [in Houston].
Its name is Smokesax, and it has been at that location on 6025 Richmond for the past 20 years. But Wednesday, the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, a local folk art organization [mentioned previously here], announced it is going to acquire the oversize horn, which is made out of car parts, oil field pipes and a surfboard, as well as an entire Volkswagen Beetle that forms the U-joint at its base.
The big brass was built by legendary Texas artist Bob Wade as a special installation for Billy Blues Bar & Grill. It was fully restored three years ago, and the current property owners, Kensinger Properties Ltd., said they wanted the Orange Show to ensure the piece would be preserved for future generations.
The saxophone will be removed from its current location at 10 a.m. on Feb. 28. The process to remove the massive piece will take a full day. Then, Smokesax will begin its 13-mile journey from Richmond Avenue to Munger Street. Artist Bob Wade will be overseeing the entire removal and transportation. Once at the Orange Show, it will be housed in the organization’s warehouse until an exact location has been chosen for permanent display.
(via Orange Show Center for Visionary Art to acquire Smokesax - Houston Business Journal)
Today, in things we love: Landmark sculpture made from a Volkswagen Bug and other upcycled items gets saved.
More Unconsumption news from Houston to come … stay tuned!
- 9:43 am - Wed, Feb 6, 2013
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Momo Wang’s Third-Hand UpCycle Collection is a brilliantly colorful example of what can be achieved with reusing found materials in fashion. Inspired by the “third hand” idea of French philosopher Derrida, Wang told Texprint of the 12-piece collection, “They were all made in my hometown Jinzhou in China. I bought all the clothes and materials from local second-hand markets there. The market is very cool.”
Wang finds upcycling to be a creative challenge: “The basic idea is to do what I can to refresh, renew, re-animate precious second-hand materials, and eventually deliver the beauty in them by my realization, and eventually have more and more people doing the same, or at least thinking similarly,” she says.
(via Momo Wang’s Third Hand Upcycled Collection: Inspired by Derrida · Eco-Chick)
- 9:37 am - Tue, Jan 22, 2013
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The Glad Cafe: Glasgow.
City streets the world over are overflowing with coffee shops, cafes and bistros that cater to people’s unquenchable thirst for caffeine and cake. Yet, finding a green cafe is often a little harder, so we wanted to give you a taste of a new place Inhabitat visited in Glasgow, Scotland which is a great example of a sustainable cafe space.
The Glad Cafe opened in August and it’s brimming with up-cycled green designs. The completed space is a welcoming creative hub that aims to bring together the diverse cultural communities in the Southside of Glasgow through music, art, theatre and coffee!
Photograph by Patrick Jamieson
- 4:12 pm - Tue, Jan 15, 2013
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Self-taught sculpture artist Haroshi is using the discarded leftovers of broken skateboards to create striking wooden creations.
The 35-year-old Tokyo resident, who prefers to not use his full name, began skating at age 15 in Kanagawa, amassing a growing stack of broken decks and parts. Ten years later, his collection overflowing, a friend suggested he find a way to do something with them. Cutting into one of the decks with a saw, he noticed an interesting pattern of stripes from its laminated layers of wood, and got to work on his first creation, a wooden bangle-style bracelet.
Since then, Haroshi’s sculptures have used the imagery of skateboard culture as inspiration for many of his pieces, utilizing multi-colored skateboard ply in both stacked layers and mosaic patterns. The output ranges from skateboarding cats to Airwalk sneakers. And, of course, skulls and demons.
(via Broken Skateboards Become Stunning Wooden Sculptures | Wired Design | Wired.com)
We’ve highlighted Haroshi’s earlier work, here. But this piece above is too awesome to ignore!
And needless to say we’ve hit the recycled skateboard deck theme more than once, go here for more.
- 9:18 am - Sat, Dec 15, 2012
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Artist Ed Fairburn uses old maps as canvases for his large-scale portraits.
(spotted on Colossal here)
Find more map reuse examples in earlier Unconsumption posts here.
- 10:02 am - Wed, Dec 5, 2012
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At the recent IDEO-hosted craft festival, Wunderfaire, I met Dustin Page, the founder of Platinum Dirt, an Oakland-based company that makes fashion accessories and jackets out of reclaimed leather automobile upholstery.
At Wunderfaire, he had on display one of his VIN Jackets, a motorcycle-style jacket made out of (in this case, Cadillac) upholstery and parts. It not only used the leather from old Cadillac seats, it also incorporated its hood ornament (as a zipper pull), its embroidered wreath (as a sort of perfectly-placed crest), its metal logo and its metal VIN tag (as an adornment).
(via A Motorcycle Jacket Made From Reclaimed Cadillac Upholstery & Parts)
Thx Chip G!