Here at CasePops, we love thinking outside the box. So we appreciate seeing materials used in a totally new way. Here are some of the fascinating and unusual uses of materials for everyday objects, from the totally weird to the surprisingly beautiful.
Dutch designer Debbie Wijskamp has created a series of vessels made from recycled tires:
Stained Glass Water Tower by Tom Fruin, 2012.
L.E.F.T. reuses bullet cases to create visually fascinating bird houses. As discovered on Design Boom.
An homage to unusual materials wouldn't be complete without Lady Gaga's meat dress... and its counter part, the vegetable dress.
Design student Alexander Vittouris designed a bicycle made of the highly renewable material bamboo. The major innovation? Actually growing the bamboo into the various shapes needed; piecing together the bicycle is a cinch. As discovered on Inhabitat.
Designer Ulrike Isensee makes scarves from stainless steel and Ivanka, a Hungarian concrete design company, designed a concrete clutch. As discovered on Moddea:
Stainless Steel Scarf by Ulrike Isensee, 2012.
Genezis Clutch by Ivanka, 2011.
In each case the use of an unorthodox material makes a statement. Rubber housewares are unbreakable (drop it and it bounces?). Tom Fruin turns a normally utilitarian piece of architecture into an urban lighthouse. Jill Sander counteracts acts the dowdy look of a lunch box. L.E.F.T. juxtaposes life and death using bullets as a home for wildlife. Bamboo bicycles are home-grown and low-tech, making two-wheeled transportation accessible. Steel and concrete accessories turn construction materials into funky yet elegant fashion. The vegetarian dress was created for a "vegetarianism is sexy" campaign in China...as for the meat dress, well, we'll leave that one open to interpretation :)
Did we miss any awesomely unusual use of materials? Let us know! We'd love to hear from you.