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August 12, 2013

Today we're taking a slight detour into the corporate world of repurposing:

Everything seems instant these days including chandeliers and ceiling
lights.   Johan Carpner, Alexander Lervik and Swedish tentmaker Hilleberg collaborated to produce a pop-out light fixture using nylon
tents similar to children's play tunnels that literally pop up when opened.

As long as we're on the subject of nylon, Chapman Bags of Cumbria, England,
has ingeniously recycled/repurposed tents and nylon folding chairs into
practical bags and purses.  The company repurposes tents, bags, and other
synthetic products that concert-goers leave behind at outdoor music festivals.

Finally - useful advertisements!  IBM partnered with Oglivy & Mather
to produce ads that make the consumer's life a little easier.  Pure genius.

Have you ever needed a nap right after lunch but you were at work?

No problem - Studio NL designed a desk that converts into a bed!

Melbourne-based company Junk Case revamps vintage suitcases by fitting them with killer sound systems.  Totally portable, these speakers work with any modern device and make sharing music a much more social experience.

You no longer have to take dinner table or conference table disputes 'outside' - settle your differences with a classic game of ping pong. Google genius Ryan Vanderbilt created the perfect solution to after-dinner entertainment or boring work meeting relief without leaving the table!

Furniture designer Chen Liu created a portable chair out of yoga mats.
Ah, so relaxing.

Question:  How do you convert a chocolate bar into a job?
Answer:  Wrap a resume around it!  Face it, folks - today's kids 'have it' when it comes to ingenuity.  And yes, Nicholas, the clever young man who thought up
this idea, got the job!

What began as a discussion about food waste turned into a "bread experience" created by Gosia and Tomek Rygalik.  During the recent Vienna Design Week
Expo exhibit goers were surrounded by bread dishes, tables and chairs to remind them of the amount of food that is wasted everyday around the world.

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Out of the Dark is a charitable enterprise that recycles, restores and revamps salvaged furniture as a means to train, educate and employ young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.  Located in High Wycombe, England, the company commissioned UK urban artist Mishfit to customize a salvaged
dresser with beautiful results.

Of course, I saved the best industrial repurposing idea for last - the Goedzak Bag:
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Dutch designers Simon Akkaya and Maarten Heijltjes came up with the concept of a see-through trash bag that allows you to dispose of items you no longer want or need but which someone else might.  "Goedzak" translates to "good bag" or "do-gooder" which perfectly describes a repurposer.  Simply place unwanted items in the bag, set it on the street, and either it will be picked up by someone who can use what's in the bag or the garbage man will take it away.

I hope you enjoyed this slight change in our traditional Repurposeful Monday
here at fleaChic.  See you tomorrow.


  1. I think if I got into the desk bed I would stay there all afternoon! The Goedzaks are a brilliant idea.

  2. Loving that good bag! That is a smart idea!