Charles Jencks called it Adhocism: "the art of living and doing things ad hoc- using materials at hand, rather than waiting for the perfect moment or "proper" approach. As a principle of design, it begins with everyday improvisations, such as bottles for candle holders and tractor seats on wheels for dining chairs."
Designers are still doing it, but now it's called recycling.
Studio Jo Meesters created TESTLAB, "an experimental ongoing project about rejuvenating and reusing discarded materials." The furniture shown above is entirely made out of 34 discarded wooden beams and 16 leftover blankets.
"TESTLAB is about experiments and prototypes, exploring the possibilities of the materials, removing them from their contexts and transforming them into something new."
Images : Marielle Leenders | Jo Meesters Studio Meesters via Designboom