Category Archives: For the home

Limp to Bling – Upcycling gone UBER Luxe

Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value.” – Wikipedia

If you have ever flown on a plane, you would have seen the ubiquitous airline trolley. It has the uncommon notoriety of being one of the most standardized things across the plethora of airlines out there. IT. ALL. LOOKS. THE. SAME.

Sort of like this.

Naked Airplane Trolley
Naked Airplane Trolley – un-bling, un-designed, un-upcycled

Naked Airplane Trolley – un-bling, un-designed, un-upcycled

Enter a dose of German Design genius via Founder and Creative Director, Peter Jorge Fischer and it becomes this:

Swarovski Crystal Trolley - BLINGED and SUITED UP!
Swarovski Crystal Trolley – BLINGED and SUITED UP!

BEHOLD : Swarovski Crystal Trolley – BLINGED and SUITED UP!

See the shiny shiny sparkly sparkly swarovski crystals? It’s like it comes with its own halo and glorious soundtrack…like this…

THAT, folks, is a fine lesson on how to pimp things out. Skypak’s gots it right.

Skypak’s bling bling airline trolley is customizable and is exclusively available here.

Form & Function Fills the Fun.

This PRO chair launching at IMM Cologne 2012 is a perfect example of slick, style & sturdy coming together in one neat package.

A collaboration between renowned German furniture makers, Flototto & equally legendary Munich native Konstantin Grcic, these gum colored,  100% polypropylene stools of fun will punch up the grey walls of any institution – learning or otherwise.

We think Tom Sawyer will be in the house for this one.

The opposite of banal.

who woulda thunk that?

bird shaped scissors designed by Hiroshi Kajimoto.

Conscious Design.

Tonight, my parents put a thought in my head that anybody and everybody can consume great design, great value & contribute to social good at the same time.

Instead of going to a shiny new store to replace worn, tired living room furniture, they traipsed off to a halfway house founded and managed entirely by reformed & rehabilitated ex-prisoners needing a fair chance at life.

On top of a lovely solid wood sofa set, they also provided a job, supported a small, much needed business venture & boosted some severely deflated egos. Let’s not even go into the monetary rewards.

The next time you might need something, go the Salvation Army, or support an emerging designer or a halfway house supporting abused women. Make like Sarah Cihat who salvages crappy plates from Salvation Army & turns them into something entirely delectable.

The less we consume mass, cheaply produced product, the more we are saving & contributing to the world.