Proof Eyewear

Upcycled skateboards and plant-based acetate in a range of shades and RX glasses

As part of a movement in eyewear design to use sustainable materials, or at the very least adopt a certain rustic aesthetic, we have come across several creative ways to incorporate wood into glasses and sunglasses. While Shwood is the most recognizable name in the category, and Brooklyn Spectacles stands out on the other end of the spectrum for their laser-etched, faux-wood styles, Proof may …

Animal Farm

Ancient Indian wood turning techniques bring glass bottles to life as lamps

Making the rounds on the web this week, a charming set of light fixtures inject sleek design—and fun—into the realm of bottle lamps, which can run the risk of looking like DIY kitsch. Animal Farm, a series of abstract pig, giraffe, penguin, hippo and elephant figures made from upcycled glass bottles by industrial designer Nishi Chauhan, defies that notion while reviving traditional craft. Created using …

RX Made

Chicago's Rebuilding Exchange introduces a line of upcycled furniture with Strand Design

Over the past three years Rebuilding Exchange (RX) has served designers, architects and builders in Chicago as a retail outlet for reclaimed building materials. Since the non-profit’s inception the warehouse has developed a strong reputation for promoting sustainable deconstruction practices and has grown to offer instructional design classes, job training programs and now a line of furniture and home goods. Developed in collaboration with Strand …