Remake It: Home is a fantastic DIY design book all about being resourceful, it's got loads of great examples of how you can re-use and recycle old materials and put them to new uses around the home. This book permanently lives on the coffee table at the moment, and I can't stop picking it up and flicking through as it's got so many cool ideas and designs. There's also lots of step by step projects, but unfortunately I haven't had much of a chance to try any of them out yet as me and my boyfriend are still looking for our own place at the moment, and even then we'll probably be renting... so it'll be a little while before I get creative control over a house but I can't wait! Anyway as I didn't get a chance to do a Folksy Friday this week , I thought I'd share some of my favourite design ideas from the book:
I especially love the tree truck bowls made by Loyal Loot and the Transglass vases made from recycled bottles by Tordboontje
I also found an interesting section in the book about Alyce Santoro a Texas-based artist who discovered a new way to make fabric from audiotape. I found this concept especially appealing as a musician myself, so I visited the Sonic Fabric website to find out more about it...
Sonic fabric sounds amazing, as not only is it a brand new type of environmentally friendly material it's also playable! The artist has made recordings that can be heard by running the tape head of a Walkman over the fabric. Santoro's recordings include busking musicians, conversations and the city streets. How cool is that?!