Is upcycling or recycling always worth our time?

"An exhibition that took place this month as part of the Designers’ Open festival in German city Leipzig showcased the possibilities of upcycling, which is recycling’s even more sustainable little sister – the act of converting old clothing, materials and furniture into new things, without the need to destroy it and completely restructure it in the process, as recycling requires." (designweek.co.uk)
source: designweek.co.uk

Well, some of the products may be great, but do we consider the cost of our labour when doing this upcycling? Can you imagine how much time is required to collect and then connect those cork pieces into just one piece of furniture? The table is great, but the armchair to the right is hardly comfortable for use.
On the other hand, I like very much the elegant line of those honeycomb cardboard furniture pieces by German designer Björn Bernt that for sure have been created for less time, but I am not sure how safe it is to use the chairs:
designer Björn Bernt

I have a lot of posts about the way we recycle and re-use materials and products, and you can find many beautiful examples there, but we must ask ourselves: are the results of recycling and upcycling always worth our time? Will they last enough in order to invest our time in creating something not so beautiful or useful? Isn’t it better to change this “fast fashion” trend into a better and more thoughtful design trend?
What do you think?


Elegant Terrazzo - the Flint Collection

Another one from my favourite new designs from London Design Festival 2018:
the Flint Collection by Joyce Wang Studio

Perfect for the livingroom, for the bathroom, for outdoors... and so beautiful! Terrazzo is the material that will continue as a trend in 2019, too.


Cork Furniture

Cork is one of my favourite materials for my interior design projects. I have used it as a floor material and I have seen a lot of other applications, but whole furniture made entirely of cork is rare. Now we can see that Campana brothers have created an interesting collection of cork furniture, "Sobreiro", for furniture manufacturer Época and Amorim, the largest producer of cork in Portugal:
Cork armchair, Photo: Nuno Sousa Dias © Estudio
Photo: Nuno Sousa Dias © Estudio
I would like to be able to touch them - cork has such a plesant surface. How do you like them?


Maison et Objet September 2018

My choice of beautiful and interesting new designs:

B&B - EDA-MAME, design Piero Lissoni 

DAM - cork stools
SUGO CORK RUGS - source: Archiproducts 


Cersaie Started Yesterday

Cersaie 2018 , "The international meeting with surface design and bathroom furnishings new trends"started yesterday at Bologna, Italy and everyone conncted with interior design is expecting with interest all the news from there. Small inspiration for the moment:


 Launches at Cersaie 2018: Cava Mosaico by Living Ceramics

Living Ceramics, source: Azure magazine

 Launches at Cersaie 2018: Cava Mosaico by Living Ceramics

More will follow.

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