Make Arts & Crafts from Old Books

May 13, 2010 at 6:08 pm , by

Last night Courtney and I went to the opening of The (Purely Paper) Flower Shoppe, a limited-time only collection at the West Elm on 62nd and Broadway here in NYC. Super-talented event producer David Stark and his team transformed the store, filling it with hand-made garden-related items (including, yes, flowers) crafted from the pages of old books. While you might see destroying books as a bad thing, many crafters think of this as upcycling since tons of tomes, like old computer manuals and well-worn paperbacks, end up in landfills every year. These paper projects, from découpage to origami, turn the unwanted pages into something useful and beautiful. While The (Purely Paper) Flower Shoppe is only open today and tomorrow (UPDATE: It’s now staying open through the weekend), David Stark Design will partner up with West Elm again later this year to create a holiday line that’ll be available nationwide.

Check out a few pictures from the party:

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NYC Restaurant Turns Trash Into Design Treasure

May 4, 2010 at 2:40 pm , by

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A few weeks back I had the pleasure of attending an event at The Collective, a new restaurant in the meat packing district of New York City. The drinks and food were good, but the intriguing design was even better! The design team from ICRAVE searched sites like Craigslist, Etsy and Ebay for the materials to fill The Collective rather than turning to their usual vendors or high-end design shops for inspiration. The results? A wall made of used Legos and casino slot machines; a ceiling composed of Styrofoam and turned into a captivating light fixture; bottle caps from restaurants around the neighborhood; a bar decorated with flying seagulls made from license plates; a host stand made from the hub of a plane and a wall decorated with butterflies made from old records. The list goes on and on. Although you may not decide to turn your entire home into an upcycled shrine, you have to admit that the concept is inspirational. Do you have any “trash to treasure” stories of your own to share?