Tag: recycled

People we’re loving: Rose & Grey

rose and grey

rose and grey

Among other lovely things, Rose & Grey excel at funky retro accessories and I think it’s worth shouting about. Lyndsey and Guy, the faces behind the brand, hand pick each item for sale on their website, which came about for no other reason than that they were worn out by overpriced, run of the mill high street products.  So they jumped straight to the source. And they have achieved their goal – everything is nicely priced and just that little bit different.

And as all good businesses should, they also strive to be as environmentally friendly as possible so your little parcels of joy arrive in fully biodegradable packaging. Most excitingly, they are hell bent on hooking you up with your nearest furniture recycling team, so you can help those a little less sorted than you feather their nests as well.

People we’re loving: Stuart Haygarth

stuart haygarth light

Berlin-based lighting designer Stuart Haygarth transforms mundane objects into unexpected works of art, and boy am I pleased he has slipped onto my radar. Party poppers, spectacles, flotsam, jetsam… all are re-imagined, re-arranged and re-interpreted within a brand new context.  “My work revolves around everyday objects, collected in large quantities, categorized and presented in such a way that they are given new meaning. It is about giving banal and overlooked objects new significance.”

While the complete sustainability of his designs is something to be lauded in itself – and an example to designers worldwide as the question of sustainability continues to divide consumers – the aesthetic results are astounding, and have attracted a wide and varied following. His 2008 Storm Project for Selfridges, above, uses man-made debris to channel the harsh environment of the British coastline, all of which Haygarth had carefully amassed over several years on Dungeness Beach in Kent. Top of my list has to be the central orange sculpture which is made entirely of fisherman’s gloves; 300 pairs to be exact.

Surprisingly, Haygarth’s design above, for Vogue Nippon in aid of UNICEF in 2007, is a children’s night light, full of random plastic items sold in vending machines. Below is his Millennium project, the prototype for which was created from 1,000 used party poppers collected on 01.01.00 after the Millennuim celebrations. It proved so popular that he has recreated the design with different colour schemes.

If, like me, you like what you see, stay tuned. Haygarth is in the middle of an ongoing scavenge on the Dungeness coastline, sorting and categorising all the strange debris he finds, and has already produced four works, one of which – Tidemark, below – is both an installation piece and photographic work, creating harmony and order out of chaos and decay. If only it was that easy…

stuart haygarth tidemark

To see more designs or order one for yourself, visit www.stuarthaygarth.com

Etsy love-in: Tialys

book end by tialys

I spotted these earlier today on Etsy and love them…

France-based seller Tialys uses old scraps of fabric, or even rough coffee sacks, to make these little owls, each one unique and full to the brim with French rustic charm and charisma. All the scruffy little creations use upcycled or recycled materials, from vintage coconut buttons to natural wheat for wadding. As Tialys assures buyers of the Brazilian coffee owl, above left, “he has a conscience!”

decorated labels by tialys

I love her Alice in Wonderland-inspired Incredibly Generous tags for Incredibly Generous Gifts, above, perfect for sprucing up those presents that are slightly last minute / from the bargain bin / straight out of the present drawer…  They come is sets of 4, so you can give and give and give… and still have one for yourself.

bread basket by tialys on etsy

tialys postcard from paris

Who knew a lavender filled postcard from Paris could seem just as vital to your domestic wellbeing as a little canvas bread basket?

Check out her shop here.