Recent graduate Laura Cahill presented vases and furniture made from unwanted books at New Designers in London. Cahill cuts profiles from books using a band saw, then wraps the spines around test tubes creating waterproof vases. Clever. She sources the books from local second hand shops. “I discovered that the glue in old books make them extremely difficult to recycle,” she explains. Cahill has also developed a lamp using the technique and a stool made by bolting books together. It’s a “reading lamp”.
My idea of using second hand books came around after doing research into common unwanted objects. One of the most common unwanted objects that can be found at either charity shops, car boot sales and sometimes on the streets are books. I discovered that the glue in old books make them extremely difficult to recycle. Aware of this I challenged myself to turn the second hand books that I had been collecting, into desirable objects such as furniture, lighting and ornaments.
This last image is from www.target.com, they sell “recycled paper vases”. Who knew?
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