Upcycling: Michael Smith’s Destructive Testing

In this installment of Upcycling, I’d like to highlight my current favorite upcycler, Michael Smith from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, whose Etsy store is named Destructive Testing.

In my last Upcycling post, I mentioned that I love how these projects range from useful new items to purely aesthetic objects, and Michael Smith does a wonderful job of creating imaginative, playful, even elegant pieces, most of which strike a harmonious balance between form and function.

His lamps, in particular, stand out for me, utilizing a wide variety of old found objects married with vintage-style bulbs, resulting in pieces that magically look decidedly modern.

Smith’s clocks are truly one-of-a-kind:

And here he combines the two:

Smith also has a good eye as a curator, which you can see in action at his blog.

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