This is a perfect example of upcycling: recycling an object to give it an even more noble use than was originally intended. Northumbria University design graduate Jack Bresnahan presented his year-end project at the New Designers Show in London last week. Starting with an empty can of baked beans (part of any English breakfast!), he imagined recycled plastic accessories to make the can an aesthetic, permanent addition to the home. Toothbrush holder, tea or coffee jar… my favourite one is, of course, the vase. The form of the opening and the mix of materials is simply perfect: it even makes yellow chrysanthemums look trendy, but I can easily imagine it with unusual orchids or garden roses…

Don’t just recycle, upcycle…



~ by lisacwhite on July 21, 2009.

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