My tagline says “reuse, refresh, rethink, repeat.” Upcycling, I believe, is a great example of reusing, refreshing and rethinking. Today’s Vancouver Sun has an article titled “Upcycling hits the home show”, all about a number of designers who were challenged to find an item at a Habitat for Humanity ReStore and upcycle it to something else. The challenge also raises funds for Habitat for Humanity, which makes it even cooler.
Some of the projects are quite unique – like Tazim Damji’s clever use of an old police stretcher, which she turned into a carry all with pockets for magazines, pencils and pens, etc. that leans against a wall. I don’t like the way it looks but it’s an awesome example of creative thinking.
I love the idea of a challenge like this because it forces us to look at items differently (an extension of the “trash to treasure” concept, it you will.)
I nabbed these photos from the Home and Garden Events Facebook page. You can vote for your favourite upcycled piece there or if you’re going to the Vancouver Home and Design Show, you can vote for it in person. They’ll reveal the winner on Sunday.
Tell me which one you like best and stay tuned for my own upcycling challenge…