Advertisement
Continue to Site »

site_header_zone


 
Trending
10 Questions With... Phil Jaffa
  For more than two decades, the U.K.’s Phil Jaffa, ...
BIG in Washington: Giant Maze Fills National Building Museum
Photo courtesy of the National Building Museum. Inspired by ancient ...
Sipho Mabona Transforms Tropenmuseum With Origami
As the saying goes, inspiration can strike anywhere, anytime. We ...
City Museum Debates the History and Future of Supertall Buildings
  In conjunction with its exhibit "Palaces for the People: ...
Herman Miller Agrees to Acquire Design Within Reach
Sayigh + Duman’s Design Within Reach flagship in New York. ...

JOB ZONE

jobseekers:

employers:

 
Weekly Poll
Where has your firm seen the biggest growth in the first half of 2014?

    industry_article_detail_left_zone

    The Bicycle, Recycled: Déja New Rugs

    Foreign Accents

    As a means of navigating India’s famously congested streets, bicycles get quite a workout. Inner tubes, frequently replaced, land on the scrap piles of salvage dealers—and, 8,000 miles away, Foreign Accents owner Trish Rempen is ready to pounce. Having realized that the used tubes can gain new life underfoot, she has them redirected to a weaving mill. There, workers wash them, remove the nozzles, and manually cut the rubber into broad strips. These strips then pass through a slicing machine to exit as cordlike filaments, some still sporting size markers and all ready to be woven into Déjà New rugs at 5 by 7 or 7 by 10 feet. It can take as many as 35 tubes to produce just one of the smaller versions.

    Foreign Accents

    Rempen’s search-and-rescue missions aren’t limited to the transportation sector. The Déjà New collection also finds fodder for flooring in abandoned jeans, worn-out wool sweaters, and even secondhand silk ties. You finished with that?
    800-880-0413; foreignaccentsrugs.com.

    industry_article_detail_central_zone