Hooked on Salvage

This month Retrouvius have acquired some unusual coat hooks.

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DOUBLE ANTLER HOOKS

The back of the antler hooks have been newly fabricated by Retrouvious, the design can almost be accepted as a wall feature in itself – a modern take on animal wall hangings.

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These metal antler hooks were salvaged from an old dancehall, collectively they create a subtle pattern silhouetted against the wall.

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METAL ANTLER HOOKS

These gym hooks are a more simple design, they are ideal for an industrial look hanging from the ceiling allowing for a wardrobe with plenty of floor space.

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GYM HOOKS

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All photos courtesy of Retrouvius and the items are available here.

Furniture Magpies’ Metamorphosis

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Furniture Magpies create furniture from discarded materials, providing an alternative to adding to landfills. These unique constellations that use a combination of discarded furniture, look more like art than functional objects.

“Furniture Magpies offers an alternative to mass produced furniture, specialising in regenerating old furniture to meet the desires of modern consumers.”

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This coat stand is made with the back of several dining chairs, the design blends different chair styles while retaining the individuality of each component.

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The beautiful visual composition is also surprisingly versatile adding to the atmosphere of a room.

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The ‘Lovely Legs’ climbing wall lamp is made with discarded Windsor chair legs and copper elbows.

Furniture Magpies emphasise the importance of the history and memories carried by the pieces that make up the final product.

“Our work strives to retain the character and story of the furniture we use, allowing the user an insight into their items original identity.”

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‘Hang on to your Drawers’ coffee table made with reclaimed old drawers.

All of these items are also available at moorbi.com.

Houston’s waterways transformed into a sculpture garden

American artist Jeremy Underwood has transformed Houston’s waterways to showcase his sculptures made from discarded materials.

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The project titled “Human Debris” reflects both the visual and environmental impact of people and urbanisation on the natural world. Underwood describes his work as a reinterpretation of the waste materials left behind “Human Debris is a commentary on what humans leave in the natural landscape.”

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In his hometown of Houston, Underwood focused on reinventing these unwanted materials into something beautiful, while making a statement about the volume of waste channelled into these natural landscapes.

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“The project spotlights the environmental condition of Houston’s waterways through the building of site-specific sculptures assembled out of harvested debris collected from the beach.”

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Through this project he has made a bold statement about recycling and sustainability, he has not only highlighted the amount of waste left by humans, but he has also shown the value and versatility of these objects. “Each found material lends itself to a new creation, encompassing the former life of the debris into each sculpture.”

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“These objects are simply artifacts to support the work, photographed in interaction with the landscape, then left to be discovered.”

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Through his work he seek to challenge viewers to “reflect upon our consumer culture, the relationship we have with our environment, and the pervasion of pollution.”

The Recycled Orchestra

This is an inspiring video about a community that has built instruments from discarded materials from a landfill site in Paraguay. 

Is the summer heat getting to you?

Maybe you could do with one of these?

Free standing bath, available at Retrouvius

Free standing bath, available at Retrouvius

A Microcosm for Architecture: From Factory to Home

This is an incredible story of a magnificent home that lies north west of Barcelona, Spain’s cultural and artistic capital.

Ricardo Bofill cement factory courtesy of Ricardo Bofill and first seen on yatzer

Ricardo Bofill cement factory courtesy of Ricardo Bofill and first seen on yatzer

Draped in lush vegetation and offering an abundance of open spaces, this building is impressive not only in size but also in style. It’s features are so unusual for a family home and it is almost unthinkable how such a grand project came about.

Ricardo Bofill cement factory courtesy of Ricardo Bofill and first seen on yatzer

Ricardo Bofill cement factory courtesy of Ricardo Bofill and first seen on yatzer

However this was not always a scene of domestic bliss and creative outlet. This towering building once housed the industry that produces the material we use to create most modern structures – cement.

Ricardo Bofill cement factory courtesy of Ricardo Bofill and first seen on yatzer

Ricardo Bofill cement factory courtesy of Ricardo Bofill and first seen on yatzer

This is a story of a visionary architect, Ricardo Bofill, who saw the potential for something beautiful to be created from an old dilapidated factory. The result shows the success of his hard work and the realisation of his dream, to create his dream home from an edifice long forgotten and diregarded.

Ricardo Bofill cement factory courtesy of Ricardo Bofill and first seen on yatzer

Ricardo Bofill cement factory courtesy of Ricardo Bofill and first seen on yatzer

Here is a video about the former cement factory that has become an incredible living space. Expansive ceilings and crawling green plants, make this restored factory building an architectural masterpiece with a great deal of charm.


 
More information and photos found here on yatzer.com.

Salvaged Lighting: Colourful Tin and White Bulbs

The new stock at Retrouvius contains a range of simple but elegant lighting fixtures. Here are some of my favourites.

Large opaque pendant

I particularly liked this style as it has a very vintage feel and appears as quintessentially English.

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The large white bulbs allow for a soft bright light and the design is both simple and versatile for a variety of different interiors.

Red aluminium pendants

I really liked the colours of these aluminium pendants, the tin may normally be classed as signifying an industrial look, however the colour brings out something more vibrant and playful.

yellow lamps

The simplicity of the coloured tin allows these lights to fit in with varying decors, while sustaining an eccentric and fashionable look.

Aluminium shades