If you are looking for some proper, high quality upcycling inspiration you have hit the jackpot! Offcyclers is the first curated online gallery for Sustainable Design and Art. Their work consists of finding, selecting and showcasing artists and designers from around the world who are making incredibly unique and attractive art and design, sustainably. They recently featured me in this article alongside some stars of the interior world. When you think of upcycling you may have some ideas about what it means, but the upcycling inspiration and ideas featured here are outstanding.
Their mission is to become the go-to place for premium sustainability and to do so, they take great care in choosing only the best of the best. They sift through internet in search of unique and bespoke pieces of art and design which are sustainably made, and then carefully check if the work of the artist or designer follows their principles of Premium Sustainability. Once they are sure that the person is the real deal, they get in contact and offer them the possibility of showcasing their work in the website, and create content around their work.
“We know the story-telling process is incredibly important, so we try to really get into their lives, their workshops, their methods and techniques, and most importantly their “Why”.
The founder of Offcyclers, Diego Morodo, says he has been an upcycling and sustainability geek for as long as he can remember. “Some years ago I began making sculptures with reclaimed wood and decided to put my work up for sale. Looking online I found only massive marketplaces that didn’t curate the work they were showcasing. It was quite common to find thousand-dollar pieces next to cheap and tacky “upcycled” products. I have nothing against Upcycling and I am all for it, but it didn’t really make sense to have a place that featured everything in one same space” he says.
Diego also found storytelling was a huge part of selling one’s work, but unfortunately he couldn’t find any type of story or explanation on these websites. “When I clicked on the Artist page I would only find a short paragraph with 3 sentences that explained very briefly what each one did. No story, no pictures, no video, no real attachment to the work that the artist and designer was making”.
He then went and talked to a bunch of other artists and they all agreed that there was no specific place online in which they really felt comfortable showcasing their work. Diego told them about his idea of creating a space that was not only curated and highly selective, but which told their story in a detailed and entertaining way. They were all super excited about it, and so he set out to create it himself.
SHORT STORIES OF SOME OF THE ARTISTS:
At Offcyclers they have listed some of the renowned names of the sustainable art world like Boris Bally, but also feature less known independent artists and designers that weren’t able to share their work publicly. Here are just some of them and a taste of the upcycling inspiration you will find.
– Boris Bally-
Boris is an artist based off of Providence, Rhode Island. After being trained as a jeweler in Switzerland, he decided to start working with mundane objects, and make them precious again. He began experimenting with traffic signs, and since then it’s all he works with now. His work has gone around the world and has been featured in major media publications. Boris’ creations bring the urban into people’s home with sophistication. http://www.offcyclers.com/
– Bel&Bel –
These two artists, Jesus and Carles Bel, coincidentally share their last name. They met each other in art school and decided to start working together. Their love for classic vehicles and their restoration brought them to create unique pieces of furniture that are made from vintage vehicles. From Vespas to old Fiat 500’s, their creativity is really astonishing. Rolls Royce just gave them a limited series Phantom to see what they could do with it. http://www.offcyclers.com/
– DePalet –
Jose Alejo is one of those people that one day decided he wanted to make something by himself. His love of wood and of music impulsed him to try to make a guitar with reclaimed wood. Borrowing the techniques of traditional luthiers, Jose adapts the process and creates incredibly beautiful and well-finished guitars and other instruments. http://www.
Lucia Bruni is an italian artist that resides in Barcelona. Her experimentation brought her to start working with glass bottles, which she now turns into incredibly beautiful and bespoke lamps. She recently collaborated with Celler Can Roca ( Michelin Star restaurant) to include a series of deformed bottles for their dessert presentations. http://www.offcyclers.com/
– Rodney Allen Trice –
Probably one of the most famous upcyclers in the planet, Rodney Allen Trice has no limits to what he can do with discarded objects. Based off of Brooklyn, NYC, Rodney uses objects that have been thrown away, or have been sold in flea markets around the city and transforms them into bespoke pieces of furniture. From tables made with crotches, to chairs made with tires, his prodigious mind never stops and his creations are an eccentric and visually appealing way of giving waste a second chance. http://www.offcyclers.com/
– Mike Valle-
After collecting bottle caps for 15 years, Mike decided he had to do something with all those bottle caps he had in his basement. After some experimentation he created his first portrait, and since then he hasn’t stopped making incredible art. His portraits are all inspired in famous photographic portraits of cultural icons of our century. His style reminds us a lot of Pop Art and are really astonishing to see in person. http://www.offcyclers.
What an amazing array of upcycling inspiration! I hope you love it – what are your favourite pieces and are you planning a project yourself? Let us know!