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The Making Of
Inspirational videos showing the sustainable stories and processes behind some of the designs showcased by [re]design.    
 
 
 
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Tetris
by WEmake
Tetris is a range of make-it-yourself cardboard furniture, based on a 10cm square grid that anyone can use to create their own unique designs. Discarded boxes – collected from high streets, supermarkets or at home – are flattened, marked out with the Tetris template, and cut to shape using a sharp craft knife or scissors. Alternating the direction of corrugated layers adds strength. PVA glue is ideal for sticking the layers together and adding a protective outer coating. Tetris can be personalised with decorative elements such as paint, stickers or decoupage, or by adding reused wallpaper, wrapping paper, or posters to the side panels.  
 
 
 
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Paper Pulp Lamp
by David Gardener
Pulp Lamp is made from pulped and moulded recycled paper, a tactile material that diffuses light to create a warm glow. The paper pulp is laid up on a glass-reinforced plastic mould, which was itself laid up on a turned wood model. The design functions as its own packaging: the bulb, light-fixture, plug and cabling are all cleverly contained in compartments in the base. Pulp Lamp acts as a reminder of the paper and packaging we throw away every day; by suggesting new uses for waste, it encourages a second look.
 


 
Designs using waste materials in the raw, without reprocessing. recreateremind


Sunday Papers
by David Stovell Design
The Sunday Papers Stool demonstrates how design can add value and extend the life of common discarded materials – newspapers or magazines. Tightly rolled papers are bundled together in concentric layers, bound together with strapping and fixed with strategically placed screws. The outer layer is carefully arranged to recreate the original front page or a selected image – allowing the design to be customised with the user’s paper of choice. 
 
 
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Shingle Lamp by David Stovell Design
The Shingle Lamp is made from locally sourced wood produced using ancient forestry and woodworking techniques. The shingles are cut from an oak log using a froe (a tool for splitting wood along the grain), giving them a rich surface texture that requires no additional finish. The central column, made from coppiced ash, is turned on a pole lathe and finished by burnishing with ash shavings. Each lamp comes with a factsheet detailing its provenance – including map references for trees, mileages travelled, and craftsmen’s biographies. Products like the Shingle Lamp showcase English woodland products and keep traditional craft skills alive in new applications.
 
 
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Mimo
by WEmake
Mimo is a customised cuddly monster that brings scrap fabrics to life. The best Mimos are made from something old and well loved, such as outgrown clothing, worn curtains, tactile and colourful blankets or towels. Even the stuffing is made from scraps. The make-it-yourself inspiration kit includes a template for body shapes and eyes. The pieces are stitched together using a sewing machine or blanket stitch. Personalisation possibilities are endless, from googly eyes to wild woolly hair, moustaches, tails, sideburns, pirate patches, bow ties, or anything the maker’s imagination can dream up.
 
 
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Birty
by Emma Berry
Birty reinvents an old pleated skirt as a stylish new bag. Each one is unique, adapting and enhancing the features and style of the original garment. A skirt is cut to size, turned inside out, pinned and stitched across the cut edge using a sewing machine. Off-cuts are doubled over and sewn together to make a strong strap. The resulting shoulder bag is not only elegant, but spacious and tough enough to pop to the shops with.