2012 Interior Design Trends – Upscale Upcycling
I am gearing myself up both to work on a reno I have been studiously avoiding, (more out of lack of time than enthusiasm) and the New York International Gift Fair. My goal for this an all products projects this year is up-cycling. I really love taking something literally out of the trash, and repurposing it. I will be beginning by creating a stencil from a shopping bag to add some panache to some rustic built-ins that came with my basement family room. It’s not just an invitation to stretch a tight budget, or a thematic design extender – it’s the thrill of the challenge!
How great is the potential for creating from something amazing from salvaged or unremarkable materials? Let me share some of my favorite up-cycled recycled design finds that might be foundation and focal points of my upcycled day-dream home…
I had the privilege last year to interview Lisa Whatmough of Squint, in London. Lisa has my dream job, spicing up vintage furnishings with Designers Guild and other fabric remnants to create something completely extraordinary.
Artist Stuart Haygarth creates my dream dining room epic lighting from unremarkable finds, giving new meaning to gestalt.
Sometimes in great design, God is in the details…
I also had the opportunity last spring to interview Joe Manus of Shiner International, about the remarkable story behind Shiner (see the link above) and his amazing love affair with trash to treasure….
… and in particular, the unexpected therapeutic properties of hismood bed…a must have for my upcycled day-dream master bedroom! (available at: http://www.homeaccessoryaccents.com/bedroom/bed-room-collections/mood-rocking-bed )
My dream dining room would have to include these maxed-out minimalist hand-painted chairs by artist Leslie Oschmann – art you sit on!
Or a kitchen art wall displaying these up-cycled tea saucer treasures against your favorite color trend shade – I love the contrast between this delicate china bird form and this striking turquoise!
While we’re on the topic of art, I have complained in the past about entryways being the unloved step-child of otherwise Cinderella homes. My answer is: upcycle with paper art.
You may have guessed by this time that I am fond of art walls…
and why not a paper pendant to illuminate all these upcycled treasures?
or re-purposed vintage glass electrical pole covers!
Yup, time to roll up those sleeves and get busy!
- Reuse, recycle, reclaim: Interior scavengers are turning everyday items into chic homewares (independent.co.uk)
- JAMESPLUMB Uses Upcycled Materials to Create Their Romantic Renovated Interiors (inhabitat.com)
- Melody Rose Upcycled Vintage (hiddenblossom.com)
- Upcycling: Suitcase tables! (fishandbicycles.com)
- 2012 Interior Design Trends – The Art of Mixing Patterns (redoitdesign.wordpress.com)
- Spring 2012 Home + Interiors Trends – A Taste of Spring (redoitdesign.wordpress.com)
- Upcycling: Wine Bottle Tiki Torches (fishandbicycles.com)
- A Bit of Old, a Bit of New: Cabinets Reconstructed from Old Drawers Into new, Eclectic Designs (treehugger.com)
- Sarah Frost Upcycles Thousands of Computer Keys Into Qwerty Wall Art (inhabitat.com)