What to do with those stacks and stacks of old books? Laura Cahill is a British artist who wondered just that same thing. She kept a diary of all of the items being discarded within a mile from her town center to help her come up with the idea behind her collection called “Readable Furniture”.
This is upcycling in it’s truest form — taking something that is headed to the landfill that no one wants and that has no value whatsoever and turning it into something beautiful, valuable and useful. Her work is truly incredible and ranges from vases, side tables, lamps and frames being made out of unwanted books.
Each piece is truly unique making it a one of a kind object to treasure and enjoy for years to come. The past life of the written words on the pages shines through the new forms of furniture truly making these pieces readable in instances.
I think that these would make great gifts for any book lover, librarian or student. The best part is that from a distance, you can’t even really tell what the new objects are made from. Only upon closer examination does the true identity of page after page reveal itself. Check out the far away shot of the reading lamp in comparison with the close up shot. The details of the undulating pages in curved form are truly mesmerizing.
I really think that this is an up and coming artist that people will hear more from soon. Her vision for taking something so ordinary and mundane as a used book and turning it into very useful and pretty household objects shows a talent and vision that so many are sadly lacking. This lack of vision can clearly be seen when nearly any landfill is visited.