Re-Think Your Decor: Odds and Ends, Bits and Pieces by Studio Jo Meesters

Reader Contribution by Margie Monin Dombrowski
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Stylish furniture typically doesn’t involve discarded trash–but the designs of Studio Jo Meesters do. Studio Jo Meesters introduces “Odds and Ends, Bits and Pieces,” a fun collection of furniture pieces made from recycled materials that contain just as much panache as they do trash.

Studio Jo Meesters’ “Odds and Ends, Bits and Pieces” furniture is made from recycled materials. Photo Courtesy Photo Courtesy Marielle Leenders/Studio Jo Meesters.

Thirty-four discarded wood beams and 16 blankets were repurposed into the bones and woven upholstery for four pieces–a bookcase, bench, stool and table–that Studio Jo Meesters debuted at Dutch Design Week 2008 as part of an experimental project called TESTLAB.

This bench, made from discarded wood, is upholstered with woven scraps of recycled blankets. It is one of four pieces in the Odds and Ends, Bits and Pieces collection by Studio Jo Meesters as part of its TESTLAB project that explores the potential of transforming everyday objects into furniture pieces. Photo Courtesy Marielle Leenders/Studio Jo Meesters.

The Odds and Ends, Bits and Pieces collection is a fresh take on the sustainable and creative possibilities of modern furniture design. Bright colors, simple lines and a mishmash aesthetic that’s more sophisticated than trashy breathe new life into castoff “odds and ends.” TESTLAB may have been experimental, but it’s design with a purpose; the pieces that sprung from the project will easily capture the hearts of those who appreciate thoughtful, green design — and just plain good design.

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