The Upcycled Home

Up-Cycled Occasional Lounge Chair

Upcycling is the process of repurposing existing materials, rather than manufacturing new ones, in order to create an entirely new product with added value. Like recycling, this process reduces waste by keeping sturdy materials like metal, glass, rubber, and vinyl out of landfills and put to good use again.

With roots in the artistic tradition of found objects, upcycling has always been an intentional choice by the artist. It elevates the purpose and status of items typically considered trash. As a result, artist and patron can both participate in a political statement in support of environmentally sound practices.

The artisan craftsmanship inherent in these pieces is unmistakable. Rather than hiding the “old life” of scrap materials, they are thoughtfully reimagined as the centerpiece. The stories that accompany upcycled products are more evident, as the creative adaptations of materials are prominently featured.

Exclusively at Donjenna, we have a fabulously curated section of products that proudly feature this unique process. From tables and benches to lighting fixtures, these pieces add an unexpected element to your space while keeping the overall style light and contemporary. Check out some key pieces below.

 

Up-cycled Tread Bench

The Recycler’s Tread Bench uses bicycle rims, sprockets, and heavy duty tire tread to create a one-of-a-kind outdoor bench. Browse more of his stunning designs here.

Cycled-Up Glass Pendant

Artist Kathleen Plate composes each elegant pendant light by hand using recycled glass.

Cyclasurous Dinosaur Desk Sculpture

This whimsical dinosaur desk sculpture, fashioned from bicycle chains, is another hit from The Recycler.

 

donjenna is an exclusive source for bespoke and handcrafted art décor. We cross the globe to create partnerships with previously undiscovered artisans. From our robust e-commerce gallery, we display and sell superior quality modern and contemporary items to discerning interior designers, architectural firms, and consumers.

All About Hair on Hide

Tibetan Wool Ottoman

Furniture featuring Hair on Hide is unmistakable with its sumptuous texture and unique look, without a doubt the result of artisan craftsmanship. The techniques used to preserve an animal’s natural fur and skin for various uses have been developed and perfected since ancient times, with the earliest known piece of leather footwear dating back to 3,500 BCE.

Animal pelts are carefully cleaned and treated using a process known as tanning. Tanning reformats the protein structure of the leather in order to keep it preserved. In order to create Hair on Hide leather, artisans must select the highest quality animal skin, as the hair must remain attached for the tanning process.

The beautiful leather produced is ideal for upholstery.  Its natural look invites touch, creating the opportunity for a sensory experience. In particular, contemporary Hide on Hair furniture provides an unexpected twist on an otherwise classic form.

A+ Player Lounge Chair

When paired with acrylic accents, the effect is sleek and modern. The A+ Player Lounge chair, from B. Pila’s line of fun luxury furniture, adds an enticing layer of complexity on an iconic form.

Tibetan Wool Ottoman

Elegantly carved horse hooves on this Tibetan Lamb ottoman from VanCollier give this design a sense of humor. The wild, kinky hair provides texture, visual interest, and an organic shape.

The Wildebeest OttomanThe Springbok Ottoman

The Wildebeest and Springbok Ottomans preserve the natural lines and details from the animal’s pelt. The wild look provides a stark contrast with the simple cube shape. The Kudu Ottoman, pictured below, even preserves the tail.

The Kudu Ottoman

Hair on Hide furniture makes a bold statement. Its accompanying details can allow the material itself to take center stage, like in the featured items above. Acrylic in particular lends itself to this purpose. Other applications allow Hair on Hide to become more of an accent to the overall piece.

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The classic X Bench form, rendered in acrylic, gives a striking contrast to the hide cushion with brass studs. The overall affect is alluring and eye-catching.

Queen of Hearts Chair

The Queen of Hearts Chair, courtesy of B. Pila again, seamlessly blends Hair on Hide into the leather back and blonde wood legs, giving the piece cohesiveness but providing additional interest to the discerning eye.

Hair on hide furniture is certainly a daring choice, but flexible to be the main focal point or simply contribute to the overall atmosphere in a contemporary space. Don’t be afraid to experiment!

donjenna is an exclusive source for bespoke and handcrafted art décor. We cross the globe to create partnerships with previously undiscovered artisans. From our robust e-commerce gallery, we display and sell superior quality modern and contemporary items to discerning interior designers, architectural firms, and consumers.

10 Pieces That Pop With Color

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Looking for some ways to turn up the color in your space? Get bold and experiment! Below is just a sample of items at Donjenna that enliven any interior.

1. Antica Firenze Roberto Footed Bowl in Verde

Roberto Footed Bowl Verde

Fortunata Fine Italian Ceramics produces breathtaking designs that merge classical forms with rustic details, tied together in warm, vibrant hues.

2. A+ Player Lounge Chair in Citron

A+ Player Lounge Chair

B. Pila’s line of fun luxury furniture gives your space a playful edge. The acrylic base of this bespoke lounger elevates its modern form.

3. Buon Appetito 5 Piece Place Setting in Sea Blue

Buon Appetito Sea Blue 5pc Place Setting

The Buon Appetito Series by Fortunata features bold designs softened by natural features, thanks to skilled artisan handiwork.

4. Neon S Floor Lamp

S Floor Lamp

On or off, a neon floor lamp injects fun and vitality into any space. The S Lamp above boasts pink and orange lights.

5. King Puck Wall Sculpture

King Puck Wall Sculpture

This tounge-in-cheek mounted wall sculpture by Stray Dog Design is a small detail that creates a delightful moment in a contemporary dwelling.

6. Lowery Metallic Linen Pillow

Lowery Metallic Linen PillowPiper Collection pillows feature metallic linen and unexpected textures in striking, youthful prints. The Lowery, seen above, is particularly stunning example.

7. Brandeis Blue Lounge Chair

Brandeis Blue Lounge Chair

This gorgeous structural armchair, in rich Brandeis blue velvet, adds gravitas without taking itself too seriously.

8. Ann Architectural Floor Lamp

ANN FLOOR LAMP

The modern form of the Ann Architectural Floor Lamp elevates function into art. A bold red lampshade completes the look.

9. Acrylic X Bench in Tangerine

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The airy Acrylic base of the X Bench makes the tufted tangerine cushion appear to float. Classical stylings and playful details make this piece fun and sophisticated.

10. Amber Cycled-Up Glass Pendant Light

Amber Cycled-Up Glass Pendant

Individually fired, hand-stacked rings create a unique pendant light. Artist Kathleen Plate uses recycled glass in her stunning, contemporary design.

 

donjenna is an exclusive source for bespoke and handcrafted art décor. We cross the globe to create partnerships with previously undiscovered artisans. From our robust e-commerce gallery, we display and sell superior quality modern and contemporary items to discerning interior designers, architectural firms, and consumers.