People make a number of useful and interesting things by using material discarded as junk. Call it repurposing, upcycling or any other name, the result mostly is praise worthy. Case in point: the Cut and Paste exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum. The exhibition showcases designs/ products from Canadian designers. All of the items on display here have been created from repurposed materials.
While we have earlier seen a number of designs put up on show, seeing them all together leaves an entirely different impression. As Todd Falkowsky of Motherbrand (the curator of the show) says: “it forces us to reconsider what we consider waste.” According to many experts, such products in the future may not remain the “novelties” that they are now.
Design critic Bruce Sterling believes that Professional Designers will have company in the form of “Redesigners” as economic and environmental pressures continue to grow. And the way things are going, that time doesn’t seem too far. For now, you can feast your eyes on some of the great designs from the show.