Dedicated to the reclamation and reuse of materials, German designer Katrin Arens makes one-of-a-kind furniture and objects using what she calls “abused wood” collected from derelict country houses and carpentry studios. Arens lives in a rustic house in Lombardy, Italy, outfitted with her own designs; she sells her pieces via her website and also takes on interior design projects.
Here is a clever (and easily replicated) idea from Katrin Arens: the low-tech Vine Branch and Rope, perfect as a bathroom towel rack and can be easily recreated with a few simple elements.
Above: A simple knot on both ends of the branch affixes the branch to the rope.
Make your own with a salvaged branch, a length of rope, and a couple of hooks.
Above L: Stainless steel Swing Hooks from Sugatsune; $31.50 at Alema Hardware. R: A less expensive option: Koch Forged Shoulder Eye Screws: $7.74 each from Amazon. To see a video on how to install a ceiling hook, go to About.com.
Above: Natural Hemp Rope; 50 feet for $24.95 at Amazon.
For more on Katrin Arens, see DIY: Slow Design Katrin Arens Plate Rack.