Remake It Home is a new book by Henrietta Thompson on the history of reuse that discusses a huge collection of designer items made from recycled materials. The book also contains tons of creative projects that everyone can do themselves with easy-to-follow tutorials. We'll share the best ideas after the jump.
We love the trend in interior design toward efficiency and reuse, but are often left wondering whether aesthetic considerations are taken into account when designers start to go in this direction. When we see monstrosities like a bunch of stuff glued together to create a zero-waste bookcase, we sometimes become frustrated with certain aspects of the green movement. Recycling is crucially important, but as a design site we must also pay careful consideration to the visual qualities of spaces and things. You can find the occasional Frankenstein creation within the pages of Remake It Home, but most of the selection shows items as beautiful as they are practical. Check out some of our favorites and be sure to read the book for more.
UHURU Stoolen Lite
Pieces are made from recycled scraps of vintage heart pine rescued from buildings that have seen their last days.
AMY HUNTING Patchwork Furniture
Wood scraps are adhered together and then carved to make functional items that give the appearance of a mica-like surface texture.
&MADE Lost & Found Stools
Gathered wood and scrap metal are combined in a quick and simple manner to form structurally-sound stools made of the strongest materials found in nature and science.
STUDIO ELMO VERMIJS Cratecupboard
This modular shelving system is made from discarded crates but gives off a high-end antique vibe.
JO MEESTERS AND MARIJE VAN DER PARK Out Of The Cupboard
A recycled cabinet is given a contemporary twist with patterned perforations that let light dance around within its sturdy frame.
ADRIEN ROVERO Barrel
These stool or table pieces and are made with historical barrel-crafting methods and embellished only by their excellent woodworking and the simplest of details.
MICHAEL CROSS AND JULIE MATHIAS Lunuganga
A simple branch is coated in polyurethane to form a waterproof shelf.
ALEX HELLUM Peg Series
When handmade chairs lose their ability to function as furniture, this designer saves the beautiful legs and repurposes them as wall hooks.
LOYAL LOOT Log Bowls
Found wooden logs are hollowed out and finished with a gloss coating to make a perfectly-functioning bowl.
PERVISIONI Bottle Openers
Interesting knife handles are remade into stems for unique tools that'll open a cold summer brew.