You may be familiar with Volkswares clothing carpet made from recycled clothing sewn all together. Volksware is a design studio in Amsterdam founded by Silke Wawro in '99, a graduate from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. The fun label jacket is a great take on the designer label obsession. They call it 'the most expensive jacket in the world'. Volkswares' meterware scrap tables are made in the same manner as all of the other products, combining discarded parts and pieces in new assemblages. This term assemblage is not used by Wawro, but it is essentially what the design studio is doing in their endeavors. The term was originally coined by John Dubuffet in the early 1950's and later used prolifically by artists such as Louise Nevelson, Braque, Kurt Schwitters, Man Ray, Joseph Cornell, Robert Rauschenberg, etc (Duchamp, Pablo Picasso assembled things prior to Dubuffet, but did not use the term). These have to be some of my all time favorite artists with Nevelson, Cornell, Schwitters and Rauchenberg at the tippy top. I must do some follow up posts on them! See some of my previous post on found object art for more great assemblage artists.