Thursday, February 18, 2010

Reuse & Repurpose: Tinkling the Ivories of a First Aid Kit

Is it a first aid kit? A mini piano? Or a little bit of both?

That's what I wondered when I stumbled upon this imaginative piece, "Piano in First Aid Box," created by Japanese artist Keiichi Sumi at The Outsider Art show in New York earlier this month. This little music box was sitting among other fanciful pieces, such as a cuckoo clock fashioned out of an industrial aluminum suitcase, all made of unlikely objects in the Tokyo-based Yukiko Koide Presents booth.

Sumi's father was a carpenter who introduced him at an early age to scraps of wood and metal, according to Koide. He gave architecture school a try, but dropped out after three months to pursue odd jobs, one of his favorites being a window washer. At the age of 38 he opened his own shop selling second hand materials where he started making his repurposed pieces.

By taking objects that seemingly have nothing to do with each other, he lovingly reassembles them to create harmony among what very well likely could have turned into discord.

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter


  1. What a unique piece with well thought out detail. Love it.

  2. Now that's an interesting idea....very creative! smiles.

  3. Ha love it! I love stuff like this...



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