Crushed: black table with glass top made from salvaged metal by HANNAH VAUGHAN | upcycleDZINE

You might have noticed by now that there’s been a lot of news about circular materials and the effect they have on the world. More and more industries are convinced that they need to do something about the severe environmental impact we’re having. And one of the main ways of attacking this problem is to recycle, reuse and upcycle materials and products as part of building a ‘Circular economy‘.

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Salvaged metal upcycled into furniture

Products that are recycled, and fortunately also used by multiple upcycle designers, are metal parts. These parts are turned into cool objects like the previously published C-barrel. And along the same lines, I came across another design, called Crushed. A table collection by Hannah Vaughan. Crushed is upcycle design made from salvaged metal including chromed car fenders and doors, corrugated roofing material, and discarded metal shelving.

Crushed: white table with glass top made from salvaged metal by HANNAH VAUGHAN | upcycleDZINE

Creating honest design

Hannah Vaughan, originally from Los Angeles, is a designer & craftswoman. Her studio in Hudson Valley, designed and built by herself, handles projects including sculpture installation, furniture design, and architecture. Vaughan’s design shows raw materials, creating an honest design. From crushed cars, chain-saw carved stumps to large rusted panels.

“Designing for the future by re-imagining the past. Making new objects from the refuse of previous objcets”

There is something primitive and urgent but subconsciously familiar in her work. Her combination of the infrastructure of our industrial landscape with this highly personal language distinguishes her from other designers who deviate from this.

Crushed: red side table made from salvaged metal by HANNAH VAUGHAN | upcycleDZINE
Photos © Hannah Vaughan Studio

Exposed to creative endeavors

With a sculptor father and bookbinder mother, she was exposed to various creative endeavors at an early age. She began working with metal when she was 12 years old. After studying at Oberlin College and the 3D design program at Cranbrook Academy of Art, she launched her one-woman creative studio. Vaughan has exhibited her work in the US and internationally. She has worked with a range of prestigious institutions and her work can be seen at Pavilion Gallery in Chicago.

Design by Hannah Vaughan Studio

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