On a solo trip to Greece last September, I came face to face with a host of fascinating people, places and things—not the least, of course, including lamb (cooked in every possible way), the rolling vineyards of Oia, Santorini (best experienced, I soon learned, from the "comforts" of an ATV) and the Athens Riviera (white-sand beaches accessible via a quick commuter train out of the city). And then, of course, there was some pretty cutting-edge product design. More after the jump.
The brainchild of the owners of the Greece-based Archimedes Neonakis S. A. Metal Recycling, which strips cars down to their various metals, plastics and rubbers, Used But Useful (UBU)'s mission is as straightforward as its name. "Art from recycled materials" is what the company produces; their offerings range from whimsical little Plexiglas-enclosed sculptures to vases to coasters. What stood out is the artists' fine attention to detail and the sophisticated aesthetic quality of all of UBU's offerings—proving that piles and piles of junk can truly be works of art, indeed. Visit UBU online for more info.