Menorah: old candlesticks united by Reddish

Menorah: old candlesticks united by Reddish

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Upcycle design is about giving a discarded or old object or material a second life, a new function. And at upcycleDZINE I’m trying to show you what upcycle design is all about. Todays featured design is more about giving an old object the same function, but in a different setting. So is this upcycling? That’s up to you, but I think It’s very nice design that surely deserves your attention.
If you…

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Propane Tank Seating Sculptures by Colin Selig

Propane Tank Seating Sculptures by Colin Selig #upcycle #furniture

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It’s always very intriguing to see a piece of upcycle design without knowing what it is made of. Upcycle design is made out of all sorts of materials and objects. Most of the time you can recognize its origin. And that is certainly the case with these seating sculptures.

Cutting up a propane tank into seating

Ever thought one could make a stunning garden or park couch out of a propane tank? Well,

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Vintage Metal Jelly Mould Light by The Rework House

Vintage Metal Jelly Mould Light by The Rework House #upcycle #lampshade

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For all those people that still think you should throw old kitchenware and appliances away, think again. Regulair visitors of upcycleDZINE know throwing away isn’t a solution and upcycling is the way to go. Nice examples are: TupperLight, Insight Light and Chef de Cuisine.

Jelly mould as unusual lamp

And now I want to add another one. This lovely ‘Vintage Metal Mould Light‘ designed by The…

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DORA: upcycled cardboard table lamp by Green Spirit Creations

DORA: upcycled cardboard table lamp by Green Spirit Creations #upcycle #lighting #greenspiritcreations

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Always searching for nice, beautiful and fun upcycle design that shows ingenuity and simplicity. And when it’s made from a great material like discarded cardboard, it will certainly get my attention. And this is exactly what happened with this lovely little lighting design. Just as it did when I saw work from design companies like Graypants, Mhoz and Shiner.

Simple and trendy replica cardboard…

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Vintage Plate Pendant Lamp by BootsNGus

Vintage Plate Pendant Lamp by BootsNGus #upcycle #bootsngus #vintage

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There are hundreds of design lighting pieces made from upcycling bottles, jars and other kitchenware. And lots of them are very nice, simple and beautiful. But I think todays featured upcycle design has something special to it.

Royal China plate still shows its beauty

The creative guys Jeff and Mark from BootsNGus took a very striking vintage platter and turned it into a ‘Vintage Plate Pendant‘…

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Moon Cradle: baby bed made from pallet wood by Creme Anglaise

Moon Cradle: baby bed made from pallet wood by Creme Anglaise #upcycle #CremeanglaiseBB

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On this Monday It’s time to show another pallet wood idea. As you might know, upcycle designers and used pallets are great ‘friends’. Two of the latest additions to upcycleDZINE are ProduktWerft and Re-Stacked Lounger. Just a few examples to show you what can be done.

Pallet wood turns into stunning cradle

I’ve seen lamps, tables and beds made from pallets. But I’ve never seen a cradle. Until…

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DIY: Drawer Lamp by Catherine Hug

DIY: Drawer Lamp by Catherine Hug

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After cutting in books and drilling holes, it’s time for our precious books to have a nice place. Books deserve a prominent place in our house. It doesn’t have to be big, but it would be nice if it’s different and catches the eye.

Drawer becomes eye-cather on a wall

What about the ‘Drawer Lamp’ by Catherine Hug. Catherine lives in Berlin | Germany and collects creative interior design,…

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BOOKSI: vintage book phone dock by Rich Neeley Designs

BOOKSI: vintage book phone dock by Rich Neeley Designs #upcycle #booksi #iphone

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This weekend I’ve been reading a book. Must admit, it has been some time since I did pick up a book. Not a digital one, but a real paper one. One that you can use without a battery, one that smells and is printed!
There’s nothing that can replace a real book. It has a certain charm when you just look at books. But once you’ve read a book, most of the time it ends up on a shelf or in a box. And…

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Tell time with Industrial Clocks and Lamps by Upcycled-hall

Tell time with Industrial Clocks and Lamps by Upcycled-hall #upcycle #design #upcycledzine

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In the world of upcycle design there are a lot of lighting objects made with cast iron fittings. And todays featured design is no exception. But it’s not just cast iron fittings. No it’s the combination with copper pipework, pressure or vacuum gauges, clocks and lighting that makes it special.

Industrial and household items get a second chance

And when you put all this together you get fantastic…

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Ffrash: trash design by OOOMS

Ffrash: trash design by OOOMS #upcycle #design

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Sometimes when i’m talking with people about upcycle design, they ask me which design I like most. And my answer is always the same. There’re several designs I like, but for me the best upcycle design is where there’s a collaboration between designer and a community in making upcycle design out of trash. Where the designer comes up with an idea and where a local community is taught how to make…

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PRODUKTWERFT: clear-cut pallet wood design by Sascha Akkermann

PRODUKTWERFT: clear-cut pallet wood design by Sascha Akkermann #upcycle #design #produktwerft

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Used pallet wood is still very popular among upcycle designers. I’m not talking about those designers that use new pallets. No, only discarded wood. But like I said in the post about the Re-Stacked Lounger, you should be careful. On a side called earth911.com is an article about the question:  are pallets safe for reuse projects? According to Candice Miller, a horticulture educator and expert…

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MilkTurban: turban shaped lampshade from milk containers by Gilbert de Rooij

MilkTurban: turban shaped lampshade from milk containers by Gilbert de Rooij #upcycle #design #plastic

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After a lot, and I mean a lot, of trial and error I’m very glad to show you another finished upcycle design lampshade. This new design is called ‘MilkTurban‘. It’s number twelve in a series of lampshades made out of plastic milk containers.
Like many of you know by now these plastic milk containers are cut into three parts, bottom, middle and top. MilkTurban is made from the middle part of…

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LaFlor: upcycled wine bottle lamp by Nutcreatives

LaFlor: upcycled wine bottle lamp by Nutcreatives #upcycle #design #wine

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In the last post about upcycle design made out of glass I said the following: In our everyday life one can’t imagine a world without Glass. Just look around you to see what items are using or are made out of glass. That’s why there’s also a lot of glass thrown away and recycled. One of the companies that’s  specialized in up-cycling bottles is Lucirmás, based in Barcelona | Spain. They make…

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Chest Sofa: from old chest into new sofa by Sandman

Chest Sofa: from old chest into new sofa by Sandman #upcycle #furniture

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This is a must-see for all fans of upcycle design that uses bicycle inner tubes. We’ve seen a shelf, check. A lamp, check. This bag and that bag, check. A stool, check. And now a sofa, check!
It is so intriguing to see what designers come up with creating upcycle pieces out of inner tubes. And this ‘Chest Sofa‘ is no exception.

Comfy looking sofa from an upcycled chest

The design is by Sandman,…

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