Cut and Paste: Show of Repurposed Junk at Royal Ontario Museum


Toaster made from Cigarette box, Kingston Penitentiary

Creative reuse and repurposing are not only two of the seven R's, but they are an opportunity for artists to have some fun as well. A clever little show of Canadian designers cutting and pasting. The curators of the show, Motherbrand, note:

"Environmental sustainability is an issue that most of these designs address in some way," says Todd Falkowsky. The Motherbrand cofounder, "This is a powerful tactic for reducing our consumption of energy and materials; it forces us to reconsider what we consider waste."

Nano case by Contexture Design

They think it is a growing trend.

Design critic and futurist, Bruce Sterling has even suggested that as economic and environmental pressures grow, this strategy will become increasingly dominant, eventually replacing the professional designer with a new expert, the redesigner.

More on Cut and Paste, on until January 31.

Many of the designers featured in the show have been seen on TreeHugger, including:


There's Still Light After Death: Castor Canadensis's Recycled Tube Light

Douglas Coupland

Sun Jar: Storing Sunshine, by Tobias Wong, who I did not know was Canadian.

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