Archives for the month of: November, 2013

In a beautiful example of economically and environmentally conscious design, artists Nick Olson and Lilah Horwitz’s cabin in the woods is entirely constructed of reclaimed materials for under $500. The front facade is a patchwork of windows, looking out onto a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside. Watch their short documentary here.

Of course, the creative ‘architecture without architects’ approach is not a new concept. This glass house in Danish commune Freetown, Christiana, uses the same techniques to construct something new out of almost nothing (see below). In our world of disposability and abundance, found materials are the antidote to both consumerist fever and the aftershocks of the GFC.

Using over 200 reclaimed doors and windows, Corvin Cristian has applied this scavenger aesthetic to create a quirky and rustic atmosphere in BON Restaurant, Bucharest. The rich textures and (mostly) original colours of the weathered secondhand materials are theatrically used to divide the restaurant and direct the gaze of the diner towards different elements of the space. In making recycled objects the main features of the design, sustainability is brought to the fore and the creation of the new is interwoven with the destruction of the old.

More photos at urdesign.


New York design firm AvroKO has inverted the steakhouse formula to create an contemporary, urban space inspired by the butcher’s shop rather than the old-fashioned saloon. Lightbulbs hang from antique meat hooks and cleavers decorate the walls, creating a strong conceptual link between the meals and their origins. The colours are subdued, setting off the arrangements of bright green grass on each table, while textured finishes and oblique lighting adds depth and an underground edge to the space.

photos: AvroKO