Manoteca Italian Handmade

Can objects have memory? I believe they can. A sort of spirit, or essence of where they come from, what they have seen along the way. This beautiful introduction of custom made, one of a kind furniture by Manoteca are really functional works of art. Created from vintage objects, repurposed for a new function and renewed life. This ‘Indoor Table’ is made from vintage exterior doors. When closed the surface is smooth, weathered and exudes warmth and comfort. When open, a convenient and handy set of storage pockets appear to keep your thoughts neatly organized. The coolest thing is that the story to be told lives on with each use, scratch and mar. Beauty marks, adding to the object memory.

“I really like the idea that in every object is held somebody’s life. I hope that who is going to possess an object will think about that and take good care of it. Manoteca is a little house in a park, a lab where old and abandoned things are hosted among with recycled materials, reinvented and reassembled. They all are one-offs, handmade and treated with natural paints.” Manoteca Italian Handmade

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Check out these Cribs

Have you ever come across something in a design magazine or in a shelter blog or on Pinterest and just thought to yourself, “well, duh – that’s just too perfect for words”.  That’s EXACTLY how I feel about what I have to share with you all today.

Perhaps it is because I am still deep in the ‘trenches’ of baby hood with my youngest child, but it never even dawned on me that the crib mattress could ever be repurposed into anything once it was done being used in its original function.

And then I saw this:


Someone (I’m not sure who because after an exhaustive, 3 hour search down many a rabbit hole on the internet the only source I could find was here) took a crib mattress, mounted it on some wood shelving units and styled the heck out of it and I am smitten.  SMITTEN I tell you!

So, of course, I had to find some other inspiration to share with you!

Fab Rehab Creations saw the same inspiration (above) and created this lovely daybed for her sons:

And another similar transformation can be found over at HGTV, submitted by the incomparable Ana White:

In fact, once I got started, it was hard to STOP finding great crib turned daybed ideas.  I particularly like these next two because they actually use the rails of the cribs as well:


(found here but originally from these fine people)

And I found this amazing outdoor seating option that uses an old pallet with a crib mattress over at Lottas Himmelrom

Well – it turns out it isn’t just the crib mattress you can repurpose.  Check out these lovely inspiration boards created from crib springs!  Seriously!!  People are so inventive…I just LOVE it!


(found here and credited to Pinterest – sorry peeps, I tried to credit it further but quit after two hours)

Have you ever repurposed a crib mattress or frame?

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Piet Hein Eek

Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek, is well known for his innovative use of repurposed materials. He often works with scrap wood to design furniture, which is at the same time rustic, and modern. He is incredibly creative in his fabrication. Piet Hein Eek’s work typically uses one material type en-masse, to create sculptural formations to serve his desired function. His latest design work utilizes salvaged pipes to create functional, artful furniture objects.
His new line of pipe furniture was on display at Rossana Orlandi, during Design Week in Milan. I learned of this while reading design boom this week, so I visited the artists website to learn more about these fantastic pieces. I would love to own these, and find the sculptural quality and simplicity of form absolutely beautiful. Take a peek.

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Newspaper Artist Nick Georgiou

Environmentally conscious artist Nick Georgiou, works in the replenishible medium of discarded newspaper. "My sculptures are products of their environment —both literally and figuratively. As often as I can, I use local newspapers to add authenticity, and the form the sculpture takes is a reflection of the personal connection I feel to that particular city. From a day-to-day standpoint, I'm heavily influenced by my surroundings." Nick Georgiou


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