Furniture design and interior architecture with recycled materials, by Maria Westerberg

July 5th, 2011 - 

We wrote previously about Maria Westerberg and her winning design piece at the Green Furniture Award 2011: the chair design made out of t-shirt and recycled materials. The artist and designer Maria Westerberg studied Interior Architecture and Furniture Design at Konstfack in Stockholm. I took a look at her designs and you can see some of them below. They are all made in recycled materials: plastic bottles, wooden parts or old clothes that she put together to sew them in nice decorative pieces of interior design.
I hope you will find this inspiring because I think it is not difficult to explore your creative side and try this at home.In 2009, Maria made a recycle interior collection for a large Swedish company, Indiska, which generated widespread attention in the national press. What is nice is that she works with already existing objects that she puts together and
explores in creative ways, making use of the previous history of the existing pieces she uses. Maria thinks “the notion of giving things a second chance is inspiring – an object made of something you used to own but wanted to throw away because it is broken, worn or out of date… a new object with an old soul.” See her site for more products here.

Latex Roll Pouf made from left-overs in latex

July 5th, 2011 - 

Incredible good looking pouf made from the left-overs coming from a shoe factory from Italy. Once the foot print shapes are cut, there are these bright coloured latex materials. For sure, the poufs made from this recycled material must be confortable and soft.
Designer Ricrea, master in “upcycling” created these pieces of furniture only for indoor use because latext can not stay in the sun and it is very sensible to water also. If dirty, you can peel it off. The goal of this pouf was to prevent
the consume of new materials
by using existing latex left. This implicates the reduction of energy usage, water and air pollution or the reduction of the gas emissions in the process of furniture fabrication.

Designer: 13 Ricrea (Italy)
Manufacturer: 13 Ricrea (Italy)
Material: Latex
Colours: Black, White, Sand, Lilac, Green
Dimension: H 55 cm * 55 cm
Price: £ 62.00


Suspended garden by Sky Planters

July 5th, 2011 - 
Vertical gardens we have seen before but upside down suspended pots, not really. Patrick Morris has just released a new version of the whimsical favorite made from recycled polypropylene plastic! What do you think?

Personalize your T-Shirt Chair

July 5th, 2011 - 

The T-Shirt Chair was the winning design piece of the Green Furniture Award 2011. The story impressed the jury: Maria Westerberg collected t-shirts from 40 friends together with other textiles: grandma’s curtains, other materials, worn out jeans.The manufacturer Berhin Studios produces now the model made of left-overs from sofa manufacturing.
But you can also give it a more personal touch: you can have only the chair’s frame and to do your own design as you want. Use your worn out clothes, textiles and old t-shirts. As about Maria Westerberg, she studied  Interior Architecture and Furniture Design at Konstfack in Stockholm. After The T-Shirt Chair was promoted in all
magazines in Stockholm she got famous and today, she is working in her own studio.

Dimensions: H 60 cm x W 52 cm x D 100 cm
Made in Sweden

Roxwell Tote bags

July 5th, 2011 - 

Roxwell bags are having a side made from leather and the other from a coffee sack. I think they are not just practical but they also look cool. You can wear it during day but also on a special occasion, in the evening. All bags are made by hand in the UK, using recycled fabrics and materials.
It is recommended to wash these bags by hand, not to cause shrinkage in a washing machine. Also, once put in the machine, the bags are loosing their colors and the bags will have fade colors then. Once washed by hand, all you have to
do is to leave the bag to dry naturally.

Dimensions: 52w x 32h x 13d cm