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).

For construction-curious tykes, there’s the Excavator and the Back Loader, part of the Larri Motori-designed Construction Hooks series. Both of these cute wall hooks are made from recycled steel. Also for young builders are Bau-Bau Blocks, a series of soft building blocks made from waste materials that make a great addition to my 'Green crib' building block-centric product roundup
Finally, there’s A Brighter Future (pictured at the top of the page), a series of four Advent clip decorations for tea light candles made from recycled etched iron. Reads the product description: “They are thin enough to fit in any regular tea light holder and will turn your old holders into a new and beautiful Christmas decoration. We guarantee that instant Christmas feeling will come once the candles are lit.”

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

Via [Dwell]

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Creatables: Lowly leftovers to handsome homegoods
Sustainability-minded Swedish product design firm Creatables works magic with various waste materials ranging from recycled steel to excess felt used to make in