Steampunk toaster

For my upcycle project, I attempted to create a purely decorative toaster structure in the aesthetic of steampunk. Steampunk combines rustic metal elements with 19th century industrial technology elements. This aesthetic is usually for decorative purposes only with little to no functional value to them. https://creator.nightcafe.studio/creation/Bp39AqVc0eaGJ9FIDAgE When creating my initial designs, I knew that I…

Levitating Steampunk Globe: An Artistic Confluence of Past and Future

Levitating Steampunk Globe: An Artistic Confluence of Past and Future Introduction This report unveils the journey of crafting a unique upcycled art piece: a levitating globe with steampunk influences. It represents an amalgamation of vintage aesthetics and modern technology, illustrating a creative fusion of different eras. Project Concept The objective is to upcycle an old…

Upcycle Design Report: Egg carton vase

Context Information: Scandinavian design is a design aesthetic that started in the mid-20th century in the Nordic countries, including Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Iceland [1]. It is characterized by its emphasis on simplicity, functionality, and a connection with nature. Scandinavian design reflects a minimalist yet warm and welcoming approach. Clean lines, uncluttered spaces, and…

Opposing Aesthetic Upcycle Design

I have made good progress on my trumpet lamp, however I have not chosen a lamp shade which I think will be an important deciding factor in the lamp aesthetic. I plan to see what I can thrift tomorrow and if no appealing lamp shades are found I will find one that hasn’t been previously…

Upcycle Aesthetic – Opposite

Refresher: The current aesthetic of my project is patchwork, utilizing a chessboard-like design in order to create a hangboard for rock climbing. This involves slightly differently colored wooden pieces arranged in a patchwork like formation. The Opposite: There are many aesthetics which could be argued to be the opposite of patchwork, although, minimalism is the…

Opposite Aesthetic: Postmodern Skate/Graffiti Shoe Rack vs Modern/Minimalist Shoe Rack

My upcycling project is a Shoe rack made out of used skateboard decks with a “Skatepark Graffiti” aesthetic. Fundamentally, I think this aesthetic is both postmodern and maximalist. The graffiti and skateboard elements of the shoe rack are loud and unnecessary, and have no actual function besides looking visually interesting. Graffiti and skateboards are also…

Opposite Upcycling Aesthetic – Art Deco

https://www.elledecor.com/life-culture/travel/g12242834/art-deco-architecture/ Art Deco and Brutalism: Two architectural giants, stand as a stark opposites in design. Picture the elegance of Art Deco, with its intricate details and luxurious materials, juxtaposed against the raw functionality of Brutalism, characterized by its stark concrete forms and utilitarian approach. These two movements, born in different eras are shaped by distinct…

Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic: Mid-Century Modern vs. Victorian Aesthetic

For my upcycling project, I’ve been working on a Mid-Century Modern lamp that uses an origami lampshade to highlight the clean lines and natural material characteristics of the aesthetic. In my design, I’ve tried to utilize light colors, simple geometric shapes, and prioritize the function of my project in the design. If I were to…

Post 4: Opposite Upcycle Aesthetic – Gothic/Dark Academia

INTRODUCTION The Cottagecore aesthetic and the Gothic/Dark Academia aesthetic are two very different principles and philosophies of art. Cottagecore focuses on simplicity and nature in the countryside. I will provide a summary of Cottagecore by restating a blurb from my first blog post on aesthetic exploration: “Cottagecore aesthetic encapsulates the essence of simple living, countryside…

Upcycling Progress

Admittedly, I haven’t made any progress on constructing my upcycling project. However, I have though a little bit more about how I would like the final form to look and which recycled elements I will use to construct it. This post will mainly focus on the initial research that I have done into what it…

Upcycle Aesthetic – Industrialism

For my upcoming project, I’ve decided to dive into the world of industrial-themed sculpture. This decision was heavily inspired by Peter Arnold’s insightful blog post where he describes the Industrialism Aesthetic as, “The Industrialism Aesthetic is one primarily characterized by the use of unfinished materials, exposed structures, neutral color palettes, openness, functional-minimalism, and urban decay.”…

Upcycling Project: 1970s Record Side Table

As someone who has a growing record collection, I have been getting increasingly into music from the ’70s. I have always enjoyed music from this time period but hearing original pressed records through my record player has only boosted my appreciation. Artists like the Doors, Fleetwood Mac, Jefferson Airplane, Three Dog Night, and David Bowie…

Upcycling Aesthetic: 1800s Constellation Chart

My upcycling project, as you may have guessed from my previous post, will be that of 19th century science graphics; in specific, a constellation / star chart. Star charts and atlases of that era are a particular favorite of mine within the larger aesthetic, and I’ve had the idea for this project in the back…

Upcycling Aesthetic: Afrofuturism

Afrofuturism 2.0 by John Jennings https://nicolas-celnik.medium.com/afrofuturism-decolonizing-the-imagination-579dc1f3e7a9 The design aesthetic I am choosing for my upcycling project is Afrofuturism, a recent cultural and art movement that has increased in popularity in the last decade. Afrofuturism, as the name suggests, combines the cultural heritage of many different African countries and communities with modern digital technological design. Most oftenly,…

Post 2 – Upcycling aesthetic – maximalist woodcraft

The Maximalist aesthetic, the complete use of space for detail and expression. Whether that with be with colors, patterns, or carvings, the piece is taken to its upmost potential of expression through detail. In most popular media, to create a more lively environment, the maximalist design often expresses that “lived-in” feeling to what ever location…

Upcycle Project Aesthetic: Artificial Japanese Bonsai

For my Upcycle project, I’ve delved into the realm of the Japanese Bonsai Aesthetic. My goal is to fashion artificial small trees using discarded copper wires from electronic waste. The choice of this aesthetic is driven by my admiration for the marriage of nature and artistry inherent in traditional Japanese bonsai culture. These miniature trees,…

Upcycle aesthetic: Scandinavian Aesthetic

I am very interested in the timeless elegance of Scandinavian aesthetic design, a style celebrated for its minimalism, functionality, and pastel color palette [1].  Embracing simplicity as a guiding principle, Scandinavian design captivates with clean lines, uncluttered spaces, and an emphasis on geometric forms [1]. In my exploration of this design philosophy, I am particularly…