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Upcycling: Giving new life to old things

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The rejection of consumerism is one of the big trends in fashion and interior design. Why buy a new thing, if it is possible to restore an old one? Why spend money again, if you can use your imagination to give a second life to an old piece of furniture or décor item? Today, we give a few examples of successful upcycling, restored and reused items.

Designer chair

 Living room by moij design
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This chair, which we see in the photo, is woven from left over pieces of veneer. But although the elements might be used, the look of this seat is fresh and new. This is an item that is sure to bring a unique touch to any living room!

Wheel lamp

This lamp made from old bicycle wheels has won many awards from design competitions worldwide. Thanks to its unusual shape, this luminary creates a unique shadow theatre around itself. If you have an old unwanted bike in the basement, why not see if there is some other ways to use the parts?. As this lamp shows, every seemingly useless item can be turned into an unusual piece of furniture; one has only to show imagination.

For many decades, this planer faithfully carried out its duties until it finally became out of order. However, thanks to the creativity of interior designers YWONA, the purpose of this machine has been completely changed and transformed into a kitchen island complete with drawers for cutlery and an internal shelf for kitchen utensils.

Skateboard chair

 Dining room by Colourform

Brettschwinger—Upcycling Stuhl


This chair took second place at the prestigious Culabu design competition. It is made using parts of old skateboards, which have been installed in the place of the leather stripes that are traditionally used in the design of this classic chair. The pieces of skateboard give the chair a sense of history as well as a cool, urban vibe.

Wooden light

 Artwork by Lichtmassiv



Curiosity and desire to experiment are the main components required for the success of a professional interior designer. In this case, the designer found inspiration in an old wooden beam. By installing a few LED lamps, he turned it into a lamp that generates a gentle and romantic light, perfect for creating a romantic atmosphere.

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