Trash Luxe, an exhibition (20-30 September 2007) for the London Design Festival at Liberty’s, celebrates the creativity of reworking/remastering unwanted goods into desirable products. With the concept of luxury being increasingly rethought and redefined, using objects with a sub-narrative: vintage materials, material/packaging waste and other disposable items, gives layered meaning and added value to otherwise overlooked commodities. Here are some of our highlights, including new chandeliers from Stuart Haygarth and some very cool Zulu bowls made from telephone wires!
Dubbed ‘salvage design’, this make-do and mend approach to the design process yields imaginative results. Marcus Fairs, founder of icon magazine and current editor of the online design and architecture site dezeen.com, curates this eclectic exhibition, bringing together a range of new talents and visions both playful and practical.
Our shortlist highlights innovative works and processes used to re-imagine banal, often forgotten objects: