If you haven’t figured it out from previous posts, I’m having a visceral and negative reaction to quaint upcycling. Please do not show me something else made out of pallets. Yuck. A good dumpster dive involves a deep understanding of Wabi-sabi and the beauty of objects just as they are, not as we would like to pretend them to be. Dumpster Style uses objects just as they are found, with minimal intervention.
image via Thea’s Mania
Of course Dumpster Style’s found objects (treasures?) can be used for another purpose, but the difference is, is that they maintain their original integrity. There is a romanticism in the purity of these objects. They don’t need to be masked, they can be used with minimal ‘design’ interference from well meaning and overly industrious upcyclers.
image via Pinterest
Somewhat nutty, the roof garden below clearly has respect for what the objects were in a thoughtful and stylized way. Originally from Apartment Therapy, I shared this one on Leaflets back in July and it spurred a lot of discussion.
Image via Apartment Therapy
As for the Wabi-sabi, a quote from the very first page of Leonard Koren’s wonderful book Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers sums it up:
Wabi-sabi is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.
It is a beauty of things modest and humble.
It is a beauty of things unconventional.
And sometimes it’s just all about the dumpster. Artist Oliver Bishop-Young hasn’t changed much about this dumpster…or has he?
images via Oliver Bishop-Young
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