A lampshade became a planter and a toaster was reinvented as a knife holder — trash made into treasures by Industrial Design students in an effort to show that things can have many purposes.
The idea was the brainchild of Prof. Brian Burns, who tasked his second-year students with buying items at the Ottawa Neighbourhood Services Store and giving them a new purpose.
Once revamped, the items were sold at a silent auction in January and the money — $400 — was given back to ONS, an organization that helps those in need by collecting, selling and distributing unwanted and used items.
“It’s a win-win kind of project.” It’s fun for the students, it’s exposure for them, says Burns.
“In a recession, there are a lot of people who are struggling. (ONS) does so much work everyday, regularly helping people, and I think we should be aware of that.”
ONS president Patricia Lemieux was impressed with what the students created out of a few materials.
“They took something ordinary and turned it into something extraordinary,” said Lemieux.
“All the money raised here goes to furthering the community and that’s what Ottawa Neighbourhood Services is all about,” she says. “We’re there to help people who can’t afford the luxuries of life.”
Student Ruby Hadley made a wall-mounted shelf out of four wooden salad bowls.
“I think it’s really important to show that we can do these things and not only give back to the community, but show our talent and what we’re capable of, I’m really proud of everyone and what they were able to come up with.”