Arvind Gupta: Toys from Trash

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People have always made the best of what they have or can find. Poor communities around the world survive by endlessly recycling and up-cycling. We all improvise solutions to common design problems. Here are some spontaneous solutions regularly made by cyclists ;-).

Some designers specialize in using recycled material from found objects. Take a look at Boris Bally’s production which is mainly based on old road signs. He calls his hand-made methods, humanufacturing.

One of his designs was for a range of elegant Transit chairs (2008). Here is a description of the technique he uses to make them. Check any words you are not sure about.

Some people and designers can get over-excited with the principle of transforming or appropriating found objects. Visit this site at your own risk.