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.