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ReDesign to Make it Better

Perennial is a local St. Louis non-profit organization doing some great things. Their mission is to build a creative culture of sustainability by transforming discarded items into valued and cherished resources. Through their mission, they aim to teach people to creatively reuse objects in order to divert waste from landfills, foster thoughtful consumerism and generate revenue to support the underserved. Under this mission Perennial challenged the community of designers, crafters, and local architects to participate in their “ReDesign” Challenge. This annual challenge coincides with their annual “Lost + F(o)und” fundraiser to auction off the completed pieces.

Lawrence Group was up to the challenge. We put together two teams, got our “Lost” objects, and set off to “Find” something great hidden in them. Each team conceptualized, analyzed the materials, and came up with a plan. One of the most fun parts of this challenge was getting to know and collaborate with people from all different areas of the organization that we do not get to work with regularly and put something together with everyone’s unique skills. The objective is to only use the materials that come with the table and put the new item together using only fasteners and tools already owned.

Team “Wine is Better” turned this claw foot side table into a clever wall mounted wine rack. It has storage for glasses, bottles, and with a small cleat could be wall hung and serve as a home bar. The name “Provide Blocking” was given to pay homage to our architectural services and also suggest that this was not light. Here are some before, during, and after photos for the piece.



Team “Copper Show-Stopper” turned a tiny end table into a modern light fixture complete with Edison light bulb. Here are some before and after photos of its creation.


Lawrence Group was happy to participate in the ReDesign Challenge. The event put on by Perennial was also a great time. Complete with all the pie you could eat, origami station, and photo booth, fun times were had by all who attended, and some lucky folks left with some amazing works, helping out a truly inspirational organization.

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