The Story Behind the Glass

These glasses by Spanish brand Lucirmas are made from recycled glass bottles. The indents in the bottom of the glasses is a bit of a giveaway but also serves as a nice feature adding to their simple shape.

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Discarded bottles are cut and sanded down to make these classic, durable glasses. They are handmade in Barcelona, Spain and are available in clear, green and terra.

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This innovative and functional way of recycling glass, reflects Lucirmas’ commitment to reducing waste and sustainable design.

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The Green Chair Project: Recycled, Comfortable and Affordable

Chair 114 by Estudio Mariscal Sketch

Sketch of Chair 114 by Estudio Mariscal

Spanish design studio, Estudio Marsical, have designed an affordable, comfortable, sustainable chair with a 100% recycled plastic recyclable seat.

Chair 114 by Estudio Mariscal

Chair 114 by Estudio Mariscal

The chair is ideal for small budgets, as the material and the manufacturing process are inexpensive.

Chair 114 by Estudio Mariscal

Chair 114 by Estudio Mariscal

Because the chairs are all made from recycled material, they all have a dark grey colour. However each chair is unique and they vary slightly from one another.

Chair 114 by Estudio Mariscal

Chair 114 by Estudio Mariscal

 

Despite its coarse appearance, the seat has good ergonomics thanks to its polygonal geometric shape. To soften its texture, there is a high relief engraving that homogenises it and contrasts with the back of the chair. This displays a vein which makes it more robust and steady. The legs are made of wood and painted metal.

Chair 114 by Estudio Mariscal

Chair 114 by Estudio Mariscal

The Green Chair by the Barcelona based design studio is a project that was designed with the commitment to be affordable, pleasant and sustainable.

Smooth, Reused and Recycled: Marc Sparfel’s Delicate Animal Sculptures

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At first glance Marc Sparfel’s elegant sculptures may not initially look like they fit our recycled theme, however these beautifully crafted animals have been shaped by discarded materials.

Victory of Samothrace

French born Sparfel spent his childhood in the countryside in Brittany, surrounded by nature and animals. He was particularly fascinated by horses and cows, a theme that is evident in his work.

Petite Antilope

After moving to Barcelona in 1999 he was immediately intrigued by the amount of furniture abandoned in the street and decided to do something with it.

Petit Lion

Gradually he began to incorporate these materials in his sculptures, first in a long series of masks, inspired by tribal African artwork, and later he also used these in animals of all types and sizes applying his own unique style.

Homme Femme

He describes how he began accumulating more and more discarded objects “Initially, I found the furnishings by chance during my walks, but later realized that in every neighborhood there is a set day to leave large items in the street. So I started walking around the old town according to the “furniture days” of each neighborhood to recover the material bit by bit. Over time, the neighbors began to leave me chairs in front of my workshop …”

Grand Cheval

He uses the deconstruction of the found furniture to trigger an idea and to gain inspiration “The first step is the design of the piece, the second is its construction. I draw my inspiration directly from the forms I find when dismantling the furniture.”

Girafe

Admittedly this process does not always have the desired outcome and being a perfectionist he is sometimes unable to finish a piece “Sometimes I have the beginning of an idea, and can envision the head, horns, and legs, but some piece that should complete the sculpture is missing, which makes the design process longer. I have used some pieces of furniture many years after recovering them in the street.”

Elephant Mask

However when he does finish a sculpture, the result is an exquisite work of art.

Elephant couple

These delicate, smooth and complex sculptures prove that reused materials can take on many forms, whether it is obvious or not.

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Sparfel currently resides in Spain and his work is exhibited in galleries in Spain, France and Germany, and will soon be shown in the United States.

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