The Age of Recycling

In this day and age we all know we should be recycling, reusing and conserving. Resources on this planet are running out, people! California is dry as a raisin and forests around the world are shrinking from over-exploitation and pest-infestations. It's time to go back to the drawing boards and rethink our ways of living. And we should all look at the  resources that are available to us and think about ways they can be reused, perhaps in ways that are completely different from what was originally intended. I feel that one group who has always been good and reusing materials and taking advantage of what's available to them are artists. Certainly this is not a new way of thinking for them, and we could all learn a thing or two from looking at some of their work. Lately this has transferred over to furniture designers as well, not that it's a far jump as they are artists too in their own way. Supporting our local furniture makers is one way we can make some difference, regardless of whether they are using recycled materials or not. So take a look at some inspiring images of works by artists and furniture designers that I have seen lately:

Long Island City based artist Beth Williams Garrett creates amazing sculptures from recycled plastic bags. Did you ever look at that black bag from the liquor store and think "This would make great hair for my next work of art..." Well, she did! 

Long Island City based artist Beth Williams Garrett creates amazing sculptures from recycled plastic bags. Did you ever look at that black bag from the liquor store and think "This would make great hair for my next work of art..." Well, she did! 

I took this photograph of another sculpture I saw at an exhibition in Nice, France. Unfortunately I didn't register the name of the artist, but I can tell you that all these plastic bottles made a beautiful dress. Probably too conservative for Beyonce though...

Uhuru is a Brooklyn based furniture design studio with a showroom in Tribeca. They create beautiful pieces using locally collected reclaimed wood.

Uhuru believes that each piece they make should add to the greater world. That's a pretty cool concept!

This chair by Uhuru is made from reclaimed bourbon barrel and blackened reclaimed fire truck frame! Who knew that bourbon drinking could add to the greater of the world...

 

By Korina Warme-Evangelinos