Last week we closed voting on our second annual Spring Greening competition challenging designers and crafters to transform useless junk into new treasures, and the results are in! This year's contest yielded a ton of creatively crafted green designs ranging from stunning lamps made from recycled soda bottles to flip flops made from recycled chopsticks, to an ingenious shelf made from defunct bicycled tires.
and the winners are....
Recycled Soda Bottle Lamps by Sarah Turner!!!
Sarah Turner's lamps made from recycled soda bottles received a whopping 3674 votes from our readers, wowing them their dazzling intricacy and poppy modern looks.Sarah will be taking home a sweet $250 gift certificate to the Inhabitatshop for her "enlightening" design!
Metropolis Magazine editor (and one of our esteemed judges) Susan Szenasy said this about Sarah’s lamps: “Sarah Turner has clearly thought about the versatility and beauty of her material. She treats it like a designer treats materials: experimenting with its various possibilities for form making and pattern making.”
Editor's Choice Winner
The winner of the Editor's Choice
portion of the contest was determined based on the votes and input of an esteemed panel of design-expert judges
, invited to participate from the most prominent design magazines, blogs and design organizations. The grand prize winner is:
Elasticshelf by SystemDesignStudio
Our panel of judges voted for their favorite examples of creative design reuse, and the final tally of their votes gave the prize to the Elasticshelf by SystemDesignStudio. This clever and elegant shelf uses defunct bicycle tires stretched between two used furniture legs to provide fun and easy storage and display space for books and doodads.
According to Designboom editor Birgit Lohman: "The Elasticshelf brings together an unexpected use of materials, to create a visually interesting shelving system. Its simple design is practical and adaptable and can be executed by just about anyone requiring minimal tooling - it is what a DIY project should be about."The second and third place winners in both categories are:
A warm thank you to everyone who entered this contest for their incredibly creative submission, and to all of our readers for voting and supporting them!