What is Upcycling?
The attempt of the contemporary society to overcome the environmental crisis is considered what the whole world is currently interested in. Since value of resources recycling has become emphasised even more, the field of design is, now, working hard to prove how much they are passionate about this eco-friendly design. Of all those activities that the field of design is involving in, a concept called ‘upcycling’ is receiving the greatest spotlight as a new trend. When it comes to upcycling, with this upcycling, you will have a chance to re-create an object of a new value, and it is a design concept which would consider environmental aspects but also social aspects.
Since the year of 2000, the field of furniture design has been pursuing a new design trend which would intensively concern this upcycling concept. In the light of the present circumstances described on the above, this study conducts a case analysis on how upcycling of different materials is applied to furniture design since the year 2000. In doing so, the study improve understanding on furniture design as proposing new ways for you to look at the concerned design. Not only that, it also comes up with ideas and directions for new upcycling furniture design which could be demanded by the environmental industry.
Does it require some technical know-how, or can anyone do it?
Upcycling is such a broad term, there are wonderful projects for beginners such as fitting a clock mechanism to an old record or painting a coffee table all the way through to building your own floating home out of a shipping container.
What’s the biggest misconception about upcycling?
Upcycled items are not just tarted up junk! Good upcycling is an art, you are buying a unique item designed and made by an artisan. Gone are the days when people just threw some paint all over a piece of furniture – upcyclers are designers and should be following trends, exploring new materials and creating thought provoking pieces.
Personal benefits of Upcycling
1. Doing your bit for Mother Nature
Nothing beats that warm and fuzzy feeling you get inside when you’ve done something great for the planet.
2. Crafty repair skills
Repairing an item and giving it a new life is a great skill and a wonderful feeling.
3. One-of-a-kind items
Whether you’re upcycling things yourself or buying products from designers, it’s always nice to know that you have something that is completely unique.