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Annual ReMade Product Design Challenge Tackles the Kitchen

FOR WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY STUDENTS IN THE INDUSTRIAL DESIGN PROGRAM, THE ANNUAL REMADE PROJECT IS A CHANCE TO SHOW OFF THEIR DESIGN CHOPS. The challenge, a collaboration between WWU and Bellingham home decor shop Ideal, tasks juniors in the program to design with sustainability in mind and take materials slated for landfills (think discarded dorm beds or broken ceramics) and transform them into functional and fetching consumer products. This year’s theme took a culinary twist and, with limited guidance, a dozen students designed their pieces, sourced all materials and produced a run of 20, complete with packaging and branding.

On Friday, November 2, Ideal feted the designers with an opening reception. The gadgets will be on sale at Ideal through November 16. Here’s a look at what’s in store:


A succulent planter by Tommy Oleson, made using wood from recycled WWU dorm beds and office chair casters.


A phone/tablet stand by Ezequiel Guzman crafted out of granite and marble tiles sourced from ReStore.


A salt shaker by Henry Dahlgren, made using recycled Honeymoon Mead bottles with reformed/recycled plastic lids.


A fruit bowl by Autumn Dirksen, made from discarded vinyl records.


A shopping tote by Ryan Rothaus, fashioned out of discarded sails from Skookum Sail Repair.


A cold brew coffee pitcher by Max Lucy made with broken ceramics from local pottery studios.


A glass mug and sleeve for hot beverages designed by Ben Lorimore and made with discarded liquor bottles from local bars, recycled felt, and cork.


This potholder/trivet by Gian Umemoto features fabric remnants from Ragfinery.


A whisk by Dan Hager features recycled bike spokes from Transition Bikes and Richlite remnants.


A centerpiece/votive holder by Taylor Brown constructed from stainless steel offcuts from DeLaval Manufacturing.


A wooden bowl by Ryan Moorleghen made using wood from discarded WWU dorm beds.


An apron by Jared Pabon crafted using offcuts from Oyster Creek Canvas and Northwest Tarp and Canvas.


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