What happens when an object is no longer needed for its intended purpose? All too often I see an old shipping pallet and automatically think “Adirondack chair!” in the sheer excitement of my own creativity. However, I don’t need or want an Adirondack chair. So, when I started scouring the web for ideas to repurpose everyday items in ways that I could actually implement and want to use, I stumbled across Design for Repurposing – a website dedicated to transforming items in methods that are not only practical, but also include impeccable design. The website hasn’t been updated in a while, but still holds strong as an inspiration for upcycled designs.
Look eco-hip while easily transporting your lunch in an empty CD spindle.
Instead of cluttering up those shelves at the thrift store, repurpose that old tupperware into chic lighting design like MassArt student, Frank Criscione…perfect for your breakfast nook!
As much as I adore antique claw-foot tubs, again I get stuck in a design rut – immediately going to the obvious garden or outdoor fountain – instead try this hip, unique furniture idea we found on Reestore.
Reestore is a UK based company who “take[s] everyday waste objects and playfully upcycle them into beautiful accessories and functional pieces of furniture.” Along with the sofa (above), I found this super trendy light table made from an old wash drum.
I love vintage suitcases piled up as an end table in my living room, however, I am totally digging these suitcases turned speakers. The folks at BoomCase are transforming old carry-ons into sexy boomboxes with urban appeal.
The BoomCase is a Self Powered Portable Suitcase Stereo BoomBox that works with your iPod/iPhone or any device with a headphone jack. Each case will last 10+ hours on a single charge (Charger Included). In addition to running on batteries, The BoomCase can also be plugged in when the party goes inside.
There are many ways to gather inspiration, try searching ‘upcycling’ or ‘repurposed’ designs on Pinterest and Etsy. Go on….get ‘re’inspired!