RECYCLED ART / FURNITURE

Was sent this cool pic.  Took me a minute to figure if I loved it, and I do.  I like anything that is made into something it is not supposed to be.  This is the suitcase chair.  BeDesign, Turkish company behind the pieces has come up with an innovative way to use what the Salvation Army would normally get.  What do you do with Grandma’s suitcases after she dies and you have to sift through her basement?  Make a chair, clearly….I assume these are some of the coolest suitcases, there are definitely some that would not look so hot – and once again, this is more art than it is furniture.  But, for the eco friendly design freak on your list – consider this….

SOME SERIOUS SNAIL TRAIL…

There is a very good reason we do not live in shells, WE ARE HUMAN!  Yet again, a human with too much money has wanted to see what it feels like to live like a snail – that old chestnut.  Therefore, they have built their house (with the help of Senosiain Arquitectos) so that their house resembles a snails shell.  It is pretty impractical – you have to go further and further spiralling into the house in order to get to some of the rooms – I would hate this, unless it was an open concept snail shell, I would burn it down and collect the insurance.  And to be honest, I don’t really even like the look of it unless I had dropped too much acid and was going into a drug induced seizure and wanted to watch the sun rise in this shell-hell.  Willy Wonka’s idea of a house, no doubt.  The idea on paper – cool.  In actuality – children are starving, build them a mud hut that they can live in – and for the price of this snail trail – you probably could have built enough huts to reside the entire population of Uganda.  My favourite part of this blog is spewing forth names of countries I have done absolutely no research on – for all I know – they may live in high rise condos in Uganda, but I get National Gepgraphic – they don’t, plus I just checked google – they definitely don’t.  I think Senosiain Arquitectos should begin building wealthy individuals houses that resemble the shanty’s of Uganda – there is something different for ya.  To help, I have included pictures of the snail house and a Uganda Hut.

 

TUBULAR FANTASTICNESS…

We don’t like plastic bags to begin with – RIGHT?  Unfortunately, they exist and people use them – why?  I don’t know – stupidity I assume.  I forgot my re-usable bags last night at the market and instead of making the easy choice of plastic bags, I actually put some items back and carried the rest of my groceries home in my hands.  Then I thought about the polar bear that I was NOT shooting in the face or the illegitimate child that will live in a healthy world due to my martyrdom and pioneering.  How many of you use plastic bags in little garbage cans?  How many of you HATE the look of the plastic folded over the top of your can?  Solution…

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The Tubelor Trash Can.  Produced by the Japanese Ideaco Studio – this was the iF product design winner of 2008 and we can see why.  Put your plastic bag in – slip the pastel colored tube over top and voila…hip, chic, trash can with no unsightly plastic bags.  These are a little too colorful for me, but luckily they have made one in black for all the colorblind children of the world who despise color only as a F-you to the powers that stole color from my retina’s.  If you must use plastic bags, at least re-use them, and if you are going to re-use them, at least make it look hot – unless you’re trash yourself, then….you’re on your own…