Although the opportunity to purchase the following gift-perfect home design items in time for the holidays probably has passed — especially since the ones in question are designed, made, and shipped from a land far, far away called Sweden — I still thought they were worth spotlighting.
The work of Creatables, a “Gothenburg based network of product designers that develop smart products from industrial surplus materials and waste” was recently featured by Dwell with a focus on a home accessory ideal for tennis-loving periodical readers: Old News, a newspaper/magazine holder made from excess felt used in the production of indoor tennis court flooring. Old News was conceived by Creatables in collaboration with Jonas Forsman. It's available in four colors: Roland Garros Red, Wimbledon Green, U.S. Open Blue, and Sodertalje Gray.
Complementing Old News is the Tennis Noticeboard, a handsome bulletin board that’s also crafted from leftover indoor tennis court flooring along with misprinted sign-material from print shops (it’s currently sold out).
Head on over to the Creatables website to learn more about the output of this relatively new (launched in the spring of 2008) and green-minded product design firm. The above products are available through the Creatables webstore.