Thanks to Kim Markel, we're rethinking our entire home design scheme. The Hudson Valley-based artist's playful designs—think Candy Land meets Pee-wee's Playhouse—were a standout at March's Architectural Digest Design Show in New York City. And they're not just beautiful, they're helping to save the planet: Markel makes her translucent furniture and everyday household objects using recycled plastic from soda bottles, lunch trays, and even sunglasses.
"I knew that if I wanted to make things, I had to find a way to make them out of existing material," says Markel. "I started experimenting with plastics because I liked the qualities they had: color, translucence, and light." After testing her concept by pulverizing soda bottles in a coffee grinder (before graduating to an industrial-sized one), Markel used the pieces to create her most recent collection, "Glow."
The rather laborious process of finishing the pieces—"so much sanding!"—revives the materials' luminescent quality. And while whimsical, the resin-bonded collection is also sturdy and practical.
Check out more of Markel's designs below!
Lollipop Hand Mirrors, $120, kimmarkel.com.
Glow Vase, $260, kimmarkel.com.
Glow Chair, $1,900, kimmarkel.com.
Glow Mirror, $360, kimmarkel.com.
For more on Glow, see kimmarkel.com.