Husband-and-wife team Todd and Meg van der Kruik make up Union 18, a design studio based out of Long Beach, California. Their design focus is right up our alley: they create sustainable art and home products from recycled or discarded material, like these handmade rugs which have been pieced together from old (and probably pretty ugly) carpet scraps...
Here's a little more info from their website:
Before they can exist, they must first be discovered.
It is this simple idea that makes RAW truly amazing. The beauty, richness and elegance of the whole can only be realized once the search for the parts is complete. Each piece is gathered, grouped and assembled without expectation. Pulled from the thousands of pounds of waste left behind as a result of the manufacturing process, it is only a vision that guides the search. Rooting out, uncovering, liberating each castoff to form something new, unique and extraordinary. The colors and textures must be found, not created. Only then can they truly exist.
You can purchase RAW at Twentieth in LA, David Galindo Home in Long Beach, The Road Less Traveled in Santa Ana, and The Future Perfect in Brooklyn, New York. Read more about Union 18 at their website.