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Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

The Ultimate Recycler

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Today is recycling day in my ‘hood. This got me thinking about a man I think of as the ultimate recycler, Mr. Thomas Wold. Thomas has a fantastic feature in ReadyMade where he struts his creative repurposing stuff. The most recent project was inspired by this pile of salvaged pieces:

With a little magic Wold-dust, some Thomasvision, and some elbow grease, this was the result:

Bravo Thomas! To see the whole story and Thomas’s process, I highly recommend clicking over here. As a side note, ReadyMade magazine has always been cool, but lately the content has been off the charts. They feature so many ingenious and do-able D.I.Y. projects, as well as the hip and innovative people who come up with them. I especially love the features on creative types’ abodes. You can get a taste of ReadyMade right here.When I clicked over today, they had a two year subscription for the price of one special! To shop Thomas Wold’s other creations, click here.

Do you have anyone you’d like to nominate as the ultimate recycler? I just read about someone this past week who makes houses from recycled materials that reminded me of Rural Studio and Samuel Mockbee – there was an entire ceiling crafted from recycled framing store sample frame corners. As soon as I remember where I saw it, I’ll provide a link. If you know of any great links to creative recyclers or stories of your own creative recycling, please let us know in the comments!

photographs from Thomaswold.com; first photo by Thomas Wold, second photo by Markham Johnson.

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Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Opening Party for “Come Together: New Installations by Thomas Wold”

Ali

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Since the weather in SF has been in the 70′s lately and everyone around the world has flocked to our neck of the woods to get out of the cold and feel the warmth, I’d like to formally invite you to the opening of Thomas Wold’s newest art installation: Come Together: New Installations by Thomas Wold.

thomas wold come together

His pieces combine childish whimsy, science fiction, dramatic lighting effects, cuteness and pop. Have a looksee: Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Thomas Wold Computer Station at the Good Hotel

Ali

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I feel as though around every corner there is something new and ingenious coming out of Thomas Wold’s studio. This past week we learned that he designed two pieces for the Good Hotel in San Francisco.

One piece is a computer station for the lobby constructed of a number of found items…

Thomas Wold, Good Hotel

The other is a design that will be featured in his “Solid Wold” column in the holiday issue of ReadyMade magazine. We won’t spill the beans on what the piece is or what it is made of…but do keep your eyes out for this issue, it is worth it!

If you are not familiar with the Good Hotel, it is a new Joie de Vivre boutique hotel boasting to be the first of its kind “with a conscience.” The hotel believes in doing good by way of their philanthropic approach and eco-friendly designs (with a quirky twist!). The décor is made from reclaimed or recycled construction materials, “Be Good” is written on the walls of the rooms, they’ve got glow in the dark messages, and their vending machine in the lobby is stocked with wallets made from recycled FedEx envelopes. Not to mention Thomas Wold pieces are featured there….hot dog!

For more info on the Good Hotel visit http://www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/good/
Photo courtesy of Thomas Wold.

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Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Thomas Wold: Build a Tiled Chair to Withstand the Elements

Ali

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This month Thomas Wold thinks “outside the home” for his monthly ReadyMade article. Most of the furniture Thomas creates is crafted for an indoor atmosphere, therefore requiring a controlled setting to survive. Put any of his pieces outside and Mother Nature will eat away at his painstaking craftsmanship and design. So, why not try building for Mother Nature? The project: “Build a Tiled Chair to Withstand the Elements”…

Thomas Wold Tiled Chair Project

A key ingredient to this project was material selection. Tile rose to the top of the list for its durability and Thomas used its square shape to dictate the design of the chair. Imagine the possibilities of tile for your own outdoor DIY projects…like cubed side tables or a rectangular coffee table!

Check out the June issue of ReadyMade Magazine for the deets on how to make tiled furniture for your own backyard.

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Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Thomas Wold: Laundromat Seating for the 21st Century

Ali

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Ever feel like a proud soccer mom or dad…sitting on the side of the field cutting orange wedges for the team snack and cheering little Tommy on? We do, especially with long time friend and DP designer, Thomas Wold. Thomas has been writing feature articles for ReadyMade Magazine and we thought it would be nifty to give you a taste of his projects here on Hatch (with ReadyMade’s approval, of course). The goal of Thomas’s column is to help you to rethink and reshape the objects around you. In his projects you will see a lot of reused items that have been cut and mashed in various ways to become new, beautiful and useful objects. Our first Thomas Wold ReadyMade feature: “Laundromat Seating for the 21st Century.”

Thomas Wold: Laundromat Seating for the 21st Century

When Thomas Wold saw rows of seating at an airport or laundromat he thought, “Why not add other modular items to the row besides simple chairs…like lamps, side tables or statues?” Thomas then brainstormed, sketched, enlisted help from a local welder and ta da!…the creation was made.

His article in the 2008 April/May ReadyMade Magazine has fantastic tips on how to work with an expert in your area to craft one of a kind pieces as well as the basic blueprint for making a “Laundromat Seating for the 21st Century” creation of your own.

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