New York City seems to be a place full of creative thinkers who know how to re-use what they find around them in very inventive ways. Take, for example,  Gregoire Abrial and Carlo Sampietro, a Frenchman and Italian respectively who’ve made the Big Apple their adopted home.

Gregoire is a product designer whose ‘Made Out Of New York’ series of furniture, below, was built from discarded pieces of wood.  For more on Gregoire’s handiwork and to see photos of the Brooklyn loft he shares with his textile designer girlfriend, Audrey Ducas, see the story in our latest Revamp issue as well as the out-takes we posted on the blog here.


New York-based artist Carlo Sampietro, whose street-inspired pieces editor Laureen Rossouw spotted at the Salone Satellite event during  Milan Design Week, is another person who breathes new life into unwanted objects. For his project The Street Is In The House, Carlo elevates the objects he finds on New York City streets into quirky, one-off designs.  Police barriers form the base of a glass table, newspaper dispensers become an aquarium and an ‘off duty’ taxi cab sign evolves into an FM radio lamp:

Carlo’s designs are now being exhibited from 26 May – 26 June at Galleria Rossana Orlandi, the the first gallery in Europe to present all of his pieces as a complete cultural project. And he is recreating an antique wine cellar incorporating found objects for an exhibition entitled ‘Rooms’, at the swanky Nhow Hotel in Milan from 19 May – 19 September. Which all goes to show that the world is paying attention to design that cleverly transforms salvaged items. So keep your eyes peeled on your city streets or scour your local scrapyard – there just might be some gems awaiting transformation.