Designers are finding beautiful new uses for scraps, shards and other discards.
Faux Paper Plates
Virginia Sin of Passionately Curious casts dishwasher-safe plates from a slurry of recycled paper pulp and porcelain. From $35; passionatelycurious.net.
Photo © Antonis Achilleos
Bonita Ahuja layers bits of colorful dyed silk and cotton on her “Carousel” pillows and curtains. From $180; lisafontanarosa.com.
Photo © Bonita Ahuja
Jeremy Cole makes a glowing version of a floating orchid out of pieces of recycled bone china. $1,950; jeremycole.net.
Photo © Xavier Young
For the “Vandalized Vintage” line, the designer for Trixie Delicious adds bon mots to china plates from flea markets. From $18; trixiedelicious.com.
Photo © Karen Dennis
Gésine Hackenberg repurposes damaged china by cutting it into pearl-like circles for necklaces, brooches and earrings. From $280; siennagallery.com.
Photo © Gésine Hackenberg
Esther Derkx prints images of pinup girls and bathing beauties onto salvaged teapots and platters. From $40; clio-home.com.
Photo © Esther Derkx
Christina Kim of Dosa turns pieces of vintage saris into “Shuktara” shawls. From $530; dosainc.com.
Knives Reborn as Bottle Openers
Young designers working out of a small studio in Vienna turn factory-reject and vintage butter knives into one-of-a-kind bottle openers. From $31 each; cuttingupknives.com.