Up-cycled cushions from vintage embroidery

These cushions are made using vintage Danish needlepoint and embroidery. Re-crafted to honour the love and effort put into the embroideries, and to give them a stylish new lease of life.


Cushions often come in sets of two or more with a common theme.

Up-cycled needlepoint cushions by Christina Stentoft.

Each cushion is unique.

Up-cycled needlepoint cushions by Christina Stentoft.

Discarded treasures found in Copenhagenʼs junk shops and flea markets are carefully unpicked and separated from their original setting.

Each embroidery design is sewn onto a backing before being bordered by cloth in complementary colours.

Up-cycled needlepoint cushions by Christina Stentoft.

Matching colours and contrasting trim are selected.

Up-cycled needlepoint cushions by Christina Stentoft.

The finished product.

Up-cycled needlepoint cushions by Christina Stentoft.

All photos courtesy of Christina Stentoft.

Update – Event Cancelled – Design for Good at the Living Furniture Project

Sadly I have just been informed that the event below has been cancelled, however see the links below to find out about Wasteland the inspiring documentary by Vik Muniz and the Living Furniture Project in their new showroom/cafe in 22-26 Farringdon Lane. Please see our feed on the right hand column of the blog for more info on upcoming events. I will also be posting more on the London Design Festival for the next two weeks.


(SCREEN GRAB) Artwork courtesy of Vik Muniz Studio

Next Monday, 16 September, there will be a screening of the award winning documentary Wasteland, as part of London Design Week. The film surrounds a landfill in Rio, Brazil and the lives of those that live and work on the site, while artist Vik Muniz creates art using discarded objects he finds among the rubbish.

LFP's workshop and showroom in Clerkenwell

LFP’s workshop and showroom in Clerkenwell

The event will be hosted by the Living Furniture Project at their fantastic new space in 22-26 Farringdon Lane in London and will feature talks and discussions as part of the evening. The speakers include representatives from Friends of the Earth, The Living Furniture Project’s very own Donna Walker, the renowned furniture designer Paul Kelley and product designer Erin Deighton. There will also be video art by Tom Sachs, which will be screened throughout.

To register click here.

A Repurposed Australian Tin Shed

While it has become easier to travel in a more authentic and creative way thanks to the internet and sites like Airbnb and couch surfing, this also counts for the buildings that you can stay in. This iconic tin shed in the Sydney suburb of Redfern (which is available to book through Airbnb) was built with repurposed corrugated iron.


In Australia corrugated iron is perhaps a more common building material than in European countries. This house has combined modern architecture with the rusty metal to depict the industrial past of the Sydney suburb.


Australian architect Rafaello Rosselini, whose aim was to repurpose an old tin shed at the back of a residential lot, describes the original building and the renovation process:

“The shed in its current state was dilapidated and structurally unsound. The original tin shed was disassembled and set aside while a new timber frame was erected. The layers of corrugated iron accumulated over generations of repair were reassembled on three facades.”


The grooves in the large metal sheets create an unusual facade at the front of the building, while the varying shades of rust and old paint create a worn out look you would be more likely to find in a scrap yard.


Inside the spotless white walls and the sleek wooden floors, show that salvage does not need to result in a compromise in style or quality.


On Rosselini’s website it states that the “project embraces that it will continue to change with time through rust, decay and repair.”


Photographs: Mark Syke, Richard Carr

Global Approaches to Upcycling: Plastic bottle lights transforming lives

Upcycling is something natural and something very human. Creativity in a practical sense is not unique to designers. While upcycling has taken of as a trend in many countries, showing people both the value and the beauty of reuse, it is also changing lives. You can find upcycling pretty much everywhere, whether it is intentional or purely practical and out of necessity. Different countries and cultures will take on different approaches to upcycling but ideas seem to be everywhere. Alfredo Moser a man living in Southern Brazil has invented a very simple light using a plastic bottle some water and a drop of bleach. These incredibly cost effective lights are changing the lives of countless people in the Philippines where these ingenious inventions are being installed to save people spending money on very expensive electricity. It shows that sometimes the best inventions are the most basic ones.

Pagri Stool: Sculptural Seating made from Sarees

The Pagri Stools by Studio Avni are made from repurposed silk Sarees. Studio Avni have created an upcycled and sustainable collection of textile poufs using the material from these old and discarded drapes.Green Saree Pouf

Green upcycled saree pouf

Green upcycled saree pouf by Studio Avni

This pouf is also available at moorbi.com

Shake the Dust: Sustainable Jewellery

Quazi Design transforms waste paper into colourful accessories, these Tehuti rings are made from discarded magazines.


Tehuti rings by Quazi Design

“We push the boundaries of our raw material, developing interesting techniques; including layering magazine pages to recreate the impression of wood, as if transforming the material back to its original form.”


Tehuti rings by Quazi Design

The discarded paper is used to create a wide range of sustainable products, from jewellery to interiors.

“We showcase our innovative paper fashion and each year we offer our customers cutting edge collections which are motivated by new approaches to recycling paper.”


Tehuti Collection by Quazi Design

Based in Swaziland, the company promotes craftsmanship and sustainability and offers training to designers and artisans interested in ethical design.

Products by Quazi Design are also available at Shake the Dust a design brand which specialises in ethical products and sources, commissions and sells hand-made, luxury homeware and accessories.