Monday, 15 August 2011

Recycled Furniture- It's a CRATE idea!

The more I learn about design, the more interested I become in putting recycled materials to good use. A perfect example of this is the Upcycled [Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value. Upcycling is the opposite of downcycling, which is the other half of the recycling process. Downcycling involves converting materials and products into new materials of lesser quality. Most recycling involves converting or extracting useful materials from a product and creating a different product or material -wikipedia] Commercial Crates designed and produced by Made, a company based in the UK.  They have taken old crates and converted them into beautiful tables. The crates undergo an initial sandblasting before they're finished with a golden brown wax. It's a very do-able project and and costs next to nothing to make.  We currently have an old steamer trunk as the coffee table in our apartment and we just love it! it's great for storage and looks amazing. If I had more space to work with I'd definitely be on the look-out for an old milk crate. It would give me an excuse to live on Craigslist for a while :)

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