Flexible vase made by Tatsuo Kuroda

July 5th, 2011 - 

What an interesting idea by Tatsuo Kuroda! Tatsuo was born in 1983 in Hokkaido, Japan. He graduated envirnonmental design at the Tama Art University and he did his master studies in Eindhoven at the local Design Academy. He has a lot of furniture design and product design projects that you can see on his site here.
The flower vase is made out of special material that can be bend around any flower to keep them in the desired position. The special material can be bend by hand, and it is made using silicon casting technique. You can arrange
one flower or a big bouquet because of the flexible material. Also, the plants will last longer because the pure 100% tin is keeping water clean.

Recycled purses and accesories

July 4th, 2011 - 

I am sure you never imaginated how you can transform food packages, soda labels or candy wrappers into accesories. If you want to try it at home, see here a link with some easy steps about how you can fold, choose the materials, cut, mix the colors and textures, fold and make chains out of the packagings and then assemble them at the end.
The result is an eco gift that could be personalized as you want. The images below are a silver collection of accesories made by the Ecoist. I have to admit, even if they are made from recycled candy wrappers they look great!
Wear the silver bracelet, the purse or the bag and be the glamour queen tonight! Via

Cardboard art objects by Chris Gilmour

July 4th, 2011 - 

Chris Gilomour transforms everyday objects into art. He uses only glue and cardboard to create objects full of precious details. Chris started to work models that were small in size at the beginning and then he even realised big models like the hanging piano that you can see in the picture below. What I like about his pieces of art is that they are so well done that you have the impression you could open the door to the car or turn the wheel.
The works he produces are made from cardboard boxes found on the street. He is giving a new life to the materials just by recycling. I like also the natural aspect of the models. Chris is not using many colors because he tries to keep it
simple and to pout in value the shape of his designs. He confesses he is inspired and influenced by  Anish Kapoor, Andy Goldsworthy, Tom Friedman, and Bill Woodrow – Goldsworthy and Kapoor make sculptures with an incredible attention to the nature of the materials they use, and, although the appearance of the work is completely different.
Via here.

Recycled paper lamp

July 4th, 2011 - 

These new lamps from Joëlle at Umbu Lumiere are made from vintage papers collected since a few years ago already. Everything is handmade and adjustable on demand because the artist is very flexible when working with this materials.
I like the textures she uses and the combinations between all the yellowish grades of the old papers. The lamps are not very cheap because they contain a lot of crafting and hours to pick the special papers. You can choose from the
multitude of lamp designs: with musical notes, textures, vintage or dictionary pages.
See her Etsy shop here for buying.

Via here.

Recycle symbols explained

July 4th, 2011 - 

The 3 arrows I am sure everybody understands. But the letters under the icons, well, this is difficult to say what each one is meaning. In 1988, the Society of the Plastics Industry dropped their identification coding system inside the arrows. The numbers indicated the plastic resin types so that the items can be sorted together.

PETE (Plastic #1): meaning Polyethylene terephthalate, the most common plastic used for water bottles, containers of food and soda bottles. It can be recycled into clothing, shoes, bottles and fibers of polyester.
HDPE (Plastic #2):  High-density polyethylene is a plastic easy to be recycled used for detergent bottles, trash bags or milk containers. It is a little bit more stiff. It can be recycled into pens, benches and containers.
PVC (Plastic #3): Polyvinyl chloride is harmful to the environment and it is not easy to recycle. Used for packagings, piping or toys. Recycled PVC makes up flooring, decking, speed bumps, paneling and mudflaps.
LDPE (Plastic #4):  Low-density polyethylene is used as wrapping, packs, bags and bottles. It is a flexible material. When recycled, it is used for trash cans, shipping envelopes, packaging ties and more.
PP (Plastic #5):  Polypropylene has a good tolerance at high temperatures. It is used for strawas, food  containers and
caps. Recyled, it becames bins and trays.
PS (Plastic #6): Polystyrene, commonly known as Styrofoam, used for the low heating transfer. Used for packing peanuts, foam cups and foam food trays. Extremely light but bulky. Recycled into egg cartons, rulers and containers.
Other (Plastic #7):  “Other” plastics are a mixture of all plastics. Many recyclers do not accept plastic #7, but these resins can be remade into plastic lumber and custom products.
Via here.