If you trash-pick as much as we do, you probably see a lot of parts to things, especially chairs. Instead of passing them by next time, you may appreciate this bit of inspiration from British designer Martino Gamper. He created a project called 100 Chairs in 100 Days and its 100 Ways in which he made new chairs from parts of discarded and donated chairs-- using the bottom half of a plastic garden chair you'll recognize from your neighbors porch to using bits of some famous modern classics...
A chair that joins Jasper Morrison’s Air Chair with a bentwood Thonet chair No 9
One of the things we love about Gamper's project is viewing the design process-- well, in process. You can see how the design of each chair works, like a sketchbook in 3D. We don't look at these chairs expecting them to be perfect, even comfortable. But they allow us to gain insight into how any chair is thought out as its being created.
Gamper sells a book on his website with a photo of each chair (we blogged about it in January). Seeing his chairs reminds us that the design process is something that we all can do. You don't have to be a big company or even have a lot of money. You just have to see the possibilities.