Rotorcaps Cuff Links

by Samantha Melamed Philadelphia, PA-based "rogue silversmith" Jen Roder gathers up discarded bottle capsm, upcycling them into cufflinks, dubbed Rotorcaps. Handmade with nickel silver and genuine Magic Hat, PBR, Blue Moon, Dogfish Head, Rolling Rock and—my personal favorite—Rogue bottle caps, the extremely well-crafted upshot adds irreverence without looking too kitschy. (Roder also makes pendant necklaces out of the caps, in case you’re not exactly the …

Remake It Home: The Essential Guide to Resourceful Living

In Henrietta Thompson's thoughtful DIY book "Remake it Home: The Essential Guide to Resourceful Living," everything has a purpose. Her introductory essay traces the recent history of recycled design, citing Marcel Duchamp’s ceramic urinals and Ron Arad’s car seats as examples of essentially making something out of nothing. "As the sun sets on the late 20th century throwaway society, these diverse traditions of recycling, reusing …

UFO Disposable Birdseed Plates

by Jack Shaw Made from potato starch, guar bean gum and a seaweed-like binding agent, the stylish nine-inch diameter plates take the form of a disc shaped shell encrusted with birdseed on the bottom. In use, the UFO stands up to liquids and acidic foods and is nontoxic and vegan. When diners finish their meal, the fun begins; just find a tree, aim the tableware-cum-frisbee …