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Ecology and design   How to use old pieces for something totally different

Recycled, repurposed, and high-class home pieces

RecycledThe word recycled doesn't usually carry high-class meaning with it, but old material can be reused in very stylish and upscale ways.

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Roller blindsThe point of turning old furniture or materials into new and beautiful objects is to think about their use. Or, to be more precise, about finding their new purpose. The S.O.S de barrio line of objects by Gruba of Argentina is a nice example of finding a new functionality for old objects. The idea was to save wooden roller blinds which are usually discarded in the typical neighborhoods of Buenos Aires and we got stylish chair that can easily fit in any high-class space.

Garage doorWhat to do with old wooden garage door? Well, nobody says they have to used as door, they may be used as a very nice kitchen table, as jmitch77 did. They were taken down, cut to dimensions, brought to good shape with sanding, and clear epoxy did that final touch. In this case it's not something you'll finish in one afternoon, but the end result is gorgeous: there's no way you can tell the material was old and ready to be thrown away. And the best of all, this table is absolutely unique.

Factory cartFactory cart as living room table is another unusual idea but it works very well. Obviously, you can find old factory cart on every corner but if you happen to come to one in an old backyard, think about using them and getting them a new life. Surprisingly, in its new shape, the cart goes well with a rustic room but will also bring more life to a more modern interior with its unexpected look. There is really nothing much to do with it, just some cleaning and removing parts that you don't like. You can leave the wood as it is or use some polish to achive high gloss.

Old suitcasesBritish art duo James Plumb (Hannah Plumb and James Russell) created these ingenious dressers with vintage suitcase drawers. Each dresser is unique because this design, as all other find-and-reuse, depends on suitcases you can find. The metal frames are customized to fit the dimensions of each suitcase. You can combine colors, the number of suitcase, their dimensions... to get the storage space you need and the look you want.


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