Smart Art Competition 2009 Makes Homey Waste Wonders

 - Jun 4, 2009   Updated: Mar 24 2011
References: adventureecology & treehugger
The Smart Art Competition challenges artists and designers to use recycled items to create something wonderful. This year’s competition saw a particular interest in home design.

There were U-turn sign chairs, luggage chairs, trash rugs, and pop label rugs. All were great examples of re-imagining a piece of trash.

Implications - Though upcycled design is almost everywhere in today's design industry, unabashed upcycling is fairly new. This development calls companies to not only create with recycled materials, but to do so with pride. Instead of looking to hide the fact that a product is made with found materials, consumers are wearing their eco-conscious pieces with pride, finding charm in products that look a little rustic.