Laurie Frankel: Recycled Beauty Black Radish | Yellowtrace

Laurie Frankel: Recycled Beauty, Onion Box | Yellowtrace

Laurie Frankel: Recycled Beauty, Butterfly | Yellowtrace


I’ve always had a genuine fascination with the concept of turning trash into treasure, so today’s post really hits the spot for me. San Francisco based photographer Laurie Frankel teamed up with Diane Gatterdam to create a fascinating series of still life images titled ‘Recycled Beauty’.

“These photos highlight the extraordinary amount of disposable items we use for an instant but then live on for years, while nature renews itself in a seamless continual rhythm”, explain the duo. The final result is nothing short of spectacular, capturing the mood resembling the paintings by Dutch masters.


Laurie Frankel: Recycled Beauty, Fly in the milk | Yellowtrace

Laurie Frankel: Recycled Beauty, Lemonade | Yellowtrace



Frankel’s work sits somewhere between carefully considered and playful coincidence, with compositions that are both beautifully restrained and filled with exuberance. Her enthusiasm and her affection for her subject really shines through in her images. She captures the romantic, the whimsical, the gritty and the quirky in a genuinely fresh light. In other words, anyone who can make a bunch of recycling look awesome is a bit of a superstar.

[Photography by Laurie Frankel.]


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Dana Tomić Hughes
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Dana is an award-winning interior designer living in Sydney, Australia. With an unhealthy passion for design, Dana commits to an abnormal amount of daily design research. Regular travel and attendance at premier design events, enables Dana to stay at the forefront of the design world globally. While she is super serious about design, Dana never takes herself - nor design - too seriously. Together with her life and business partner, Dana is Boss Lady at Studio Yellowtrace, specialising in Design Strategy, Creative Direction and Special Projects. The studio takes a highly conceptual and holistic approach to translating brands & ideas into places & experiences.

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