Sometimes friends ask me why I like upcycle design. Of course there are several reasons like the environmental and consumption aspect. And yes it’s also most of the time fun to see what has been made and to hear or see the story behind the design. But to me there’s an even more important reason why I like upcycle design. It’s the way I’ve started looking at objects and materials that are old or destined to end up in landfills.
After seeing many upcycle design pieces, things aren’t the same anymore. You start to notice the huge potential surrounding us to create products out of existing products and materials. Just have a look at some design here on upcycleDZINE like a Dining Chairs Coat Stand, Boiler Lamp or a Chair Shelf and Hanger.
Furniture parts taken from past into present
Today’s featured project is no exception. It’s a project called Both Matters, designed by StudioKnob (Yotam Shifroni and Adi Azar) and Nagarya (Amir Raveh). It’s the first collaboration project between the two and it was specifically for the Fresh Paint Exhibition 2017. The project shows six furniture designs where hand-made and digitally-made crafts meet old and new products. Both Matters is an amazing collection that inspires people to take a second look at everyday products.
The two creative companies each have there own design style. In this project old and broken pieces of furniture [Nagarya] are united with colorful acrylic glass [StudioKnob]. By doing this the end result is a surprisingly unique freshness that gives the discarded furniture parts a new and impressive new life. A very nice touch is the acrylic glass element in the pendant lamps that resembles the shape of a lampshade.
StudioKnob and Nagarya:
“The clearness and pureness of the acrylic glass emphasizes the marks of time which are embedded within the older furnishings, and the construction of the wooden elements completes the composition of the transparent pieces.”
The project upcycled furniture parts and shows unexpected contrast combinations created between old wooden objects with curled shapes and transparent surfaces with clear straight lines. Thereby gaining a completely new look. The collaboration resulted in upcycle design that redefines windows and furniture parts into lighting and one of a kind furniture objects. It also intertwined several conceptual ideas like illustration vs. abstractions, composition vs. construction and between digital file design and the manual molding of material.
Photos © Uri Grun
Both Matters was awarded as the winner of the Fresh Paint 9 Design Museum Holon Select. This fantastic prize involves professional guidance by the museum during 2017.
For those of you who have seen and read the previous article featuring Piet Hein Eek must have noted a resemblance with this article. Both are about the past taking shape in the present or future. Another aspect that I like about upcycling: design with a story/history.