Dutch designer Willem Heeffer used 334 recycled cans for Top chef Hans Välimäki’s new American diner in Helsinki, Finland. This is up cycling in industrial scale. After collection at the many committed restaurants and cleaning, these tins are transformed into fork and knife holders, bar lights, a floor to ceiling storage display and three chandeliers.
The chandeliers give home to 21 Heinz Beanz classics each. The lamps fit perfectly into the interior designed by Martina Rosenqvist and Vera Öller who used old corrugated roof panels to clad the bars. The single Heinz Beanz can where it all started from is for sale at: www.willemheeffer.com
With 9 Million Tons of furniture waste being added to our landfills every year, phoenix designer Jon Irons decided to found SITGREEN a company whose goal was to never contribute to that rising statistic. SITGREEN takes fully recyclable materials and turns them into pieces of functional, beautiful furniture. They don’t offer any floral patterned overstuffed armchairs, but what they do provide is a plethora of unique handmade furniture that is made with care from the most unlikely materials.
SITGREEN uses compression to hold their furniture together—not glue. The furniture is comprised of corrugated cardboard sandwiched between wood sidings and held together with steel hardware. When you are finished with their furniture simply disassemble it with hand tools and place the individual pieces into their corresponding recycling bins.
They are currently looking for funding on Kickstarter (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sitgreen/sitgreen-furniture). By supporting SITGREEN you are supporting a world without waste. Their goal is to keep 1 million lbs of waste out of the landfill in 2013.