Tag Archives: salvaged

Trash does not have to look ugly!

Deciding to live green does not mean you have to compromise on design. In actual fact, recycling discarded goods, gives you the ability to revamp and possibly improve on an existing design, without spending a fortune.

Recycling is the act of processing used or abandoned materials for use in creating new products.  As a creative I find it really exciting to find a furniture piece or a discarded item on the side of the road. When I do, I try and push myself to find a unique new design, or purpose for the chucked-out piece.

A while back someone gave me two concrete core samples as she knew I could use it somehow.

Because there is no steel in the core, it is prone to crumble and break. I decided to use slices in my latest lamp design.

This has a two-fold function: Firstly it makes the base heavier and sturdier. Secondly it gives the base some texture and makes the overall design more interesting. (Apologies for low resolution pics)

Just completed in workshop

 

Copper core lamp

 

Made with 90% recycled material

 

For the base I used one of the bookends I salvaged a few years ago to make the Pixar Lamp.

Discarded book-ends

I also used a piece of copper as the backbone. And some odds and ends to complete the product.

 

On display in shop along with my other products

No need for trash to look ugly! I love it to the core! ❤

 

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Innovation is easy pea(sy)

Innovation: {The creation of something in the mind; The act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new}

This idea came to me in the midnight hours. As the saying goes: “Great ideas don’t keep office hours” 🙂

We are in the midst of a water crisis and I thought of creating some awareness around it. Cactus plants are water-wise plants and require very little water to thrive.

I also thought of a way for people to still enjoy some greenery on their desks, without having to water it! So I designed a little stationery holder…specifically for paper clips. It is made using a pea can or food can.

Initial sketch

CAD drawing

Did you know? Paper clips were used to help fight the Nazis. During the Second World War, Norwegian resistance fighters attached a single paper clip to their lapel as a subtle indication that they were taking the fight to Hitler’s troops.

 

Completed product

I am all about being practical. On the inside of the lid is a handy magnet to keep your paper clips close and handy.

On the desk

Cuteness! 🙂 From kitchen waste to a functional, cute product!

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The inspiration behind the Slave Bell Lamp

I am no social activist, but as of late I find I want to express my opinion regarding social matters through my designs.

A native of the Western Cape, I lived in Johannesburg for the last 7 years and recently returned back home. In a way, my absence made me oblivious to certain ills of our tainted history.

 

Ironically, despite all the efforts made, the great divide still exists and it is more and more evident that the gap of inequality is getting bigger…instead of narrowing.  The effect it has had on me is quite shocking and monuments like the slave bell towers that are scattered on many farms, has started an emotional battle within me. And instead of ranting and raving, I have decided to create constructive awareness through design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enough said. All I ask is that we remember.

#blackconsciousness #rememberslavery #remembrance #slavery

 

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