The creative power behind designers, especially ones who choose to recycle, never ceases to amaze me. Designer Ryan McElhinney recycles old toys (mostly action figures) by bonding them together and giving them a few coats of super high-end polyurethane lacquer.
Ryan started his career as a cartoonist, which comes through in the humorous décor pieces he designs today. Each piece is one-of-a-kind and takes about six weeks to make. Here are two examples of my favorite pieces. I believe he's been covered in the media on more than one occasion but I thought I'd share his work here too.
His concentration seems to be in lighting (one of my passions) and frames but he does create other things such as end tables and sofas. They're not made from toys, in fact they're the polar opposite. Very clean lines and surfaces make up his other offerings but the above examples are still my favorites.