Repurposed Suitcases

February 8, 2013 1 comment

Perhaps because we all grew a bit tired of the overused word recycling, the talk is now about Repurposing. Same Same and it’s all for the best. See how these vintage leather suitcases have been repurposed into chests of drawers by the furniture designers behind the brand James Plumb. The two London-based artists work with “the overlooked and discarded” to assemble beautiful pieces that will find a new purpose in life. I particularly love the mismatch bedside table.

James Plumb drawers  James Plumb drawers

With the same idea in mind, I was inspired with the lobby of Hotel Urbn in Shanghai. (No, I did not visit Shanghai recently, and the city is actually quite high up on my To Go list)

They have used here too a large stack of old leather suitcases to create the backdrop of their lobby. It’s a great idea to create some personality to a wall. The photos are not very good but we can see the concept.

URBN, Hotel-Shanghai  design-hotel-shanghai-urbn-reception

This got me to read a bit more about Urbn Hotel in Shangai, China’s first carbon-neutral hotel (no, this is not an oxymoron!): locally-sourced materials, and other recycled materials are used to decorate the lobby and the public spaces. The hotel utilizes solar passive design and features bamboo shades on its windows. Reclaimed wood from Shanghai is used for flooring, and old bricks from the city are used in the building. Additionally the hotel makes use of an energy-efficient HVAC system, low-VOC paints, energy-efficient lighting, and environmentally-safe cleaning product. This is a welcome commitment in a country which image is often tainted by a general disrespect of nature’s gift.

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