As you may have noticed, there’s no shortage of home designs that incorporate unlikely upcycled objects … wine racks made of skis, speakers made from Dorito bags, lamps crafted from audiocassette tapes, and the list goes on and on. It's a pretty hit or miss affair, populated by concepts that are ingenious but too over-the-top to fly in most homes or more restrained items that motivate admirers to either click “buy” or embark on their own similar DIY design project.

The one-of-a-kind home designs — accessories, lighting, furniture — created by the trio of young designers/salvagers at Israeli sustainable design studio Mesila fall into the latter camp. You might be inclined to think that a lamp constructed from salvaged clothespins (pictured above) would look silly but in the hands of Shlomit Levy, Avital Levy, and Ifat Zvirin it’s quite elegant.

Here’s how the trio describe their approach to sustainable design:

We espouse the eco-design strategy, which minimizes the environmental footprint of the product by using a multitude of considerations such as a careful selection of materials, improving production processes and taking into account the product’s afterlife. In other words, instead of producing an infinite number of objects, we suggest to give objects an infinite life.
Pictured below are a few of Mesila’s unique creations. I recommend also taking a look at the studio’s website where the “material origin” and exact recycled content percentage of each individual piece is disclosed. It’s quite illuminating to know that the bowl you’re looking at is made from “plywood remnants from a carpentry shop in Tel Aviv;” the lampshade is decorated with buttons from “Sarah Bookshpan’s inheritance;” the clock is made from “wood veneer remnants from a carpentry shop in Netzer sireni;" and the table is crafted from “doors found on the streets of Tel Aviv." 

Via [Design Milk]

Photos: Mesila

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

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Eco-design studio Mesila is behind a collection of one-off home furnishings that give new life to materials plucked from the streets of Tel Aviv.