New Uses for Old Mines

You may recognize the name Iron Mountain — it’s a major records management and data storage company, and their shredder trucks can be seen collecting documents at offices in many big American cities. These days, much of their business takes place in “the cloud,” but Iron Mountain got its start in 1951 by storing bank records inside the “Iron Mountain mine” in Livingston, New York.

There, the cavities and tunnels left behind by an old limestone mine were turned into an ultra-secure storage facility 220 feet underground.  The company originally did business under the name “Iron Mountain Atomic Storage,” highlighting their ability to keep your valuables safe in the event of nuclear attack.  Today in Pennsylvania, the company is using part of another limestone mine to test the potential of geothermal cooling systems for computer server farms.  

Around the world, people have taken over abandoned or disused mines and given them new life.  Sometimes mines are used for practical purposes, as with the Iron Mountain facilities, but others are more whimsical. In Colombia there is an entire underground cathedral crafted from salt, while Romania has an amusement park and art gallery underground. Others have been turned into medical clinics, shopping malls, government offices, and even a massive mushroom farm outside of Pittsburgh. 

Read the full, fantastic breakdown of repurposes mines, on Atlas Obscura!

Say what you want about Domino’s (it’s an abomination unto the Lord), but they have one of the better branded Pinterest projects I’ve seen in a while—Second Hand Logos.

Since Domino’s recently redesigned their logo, Crispin Porter + Bogusky got to thinking about what happens to a company’s old signage, clothing, store materials, etc.

So, the agency commissioned 10 artists to make stuff with old Domino’s employee shirts, pizza boxes and other company ephemera. Lots of it is for sale, and Domino’s is being gracious enough not to demand a cut of the artists’ sales, which is pretty cool of them.

The waste fallout of pointless redesigns is sad. But, you have to give some credit for trying to make the most of it in this way. And to reiterate the writer’s point: nice that the repurposing artists don’t have to split any resulting profits. Give them a hand for making something worthwhile out of the needlessly rejected.

More: Artists Give Old Domino’s Signage a Second Life in ‘Second Hand Logos’ Project | Adweek

DIY Fabric Storage : Jamie Diersing via Living With Kids

Using wall mounted mail sorters is a great way to store small pieces (When I say small I mean a yard or less) of fabric. Mind you, this only works for those with wall space and fabric in small pieces, unlike myself who has floor to ceiling cabinets and insists on owning way too much fabric.

To view the rest of the article and likewise more of Jamie’s home photos click the photo.


Life After Lights-Out: Ten Adaptive Reuses for Lighthouses

They’re picturesque, they’re historic, they’re functional — they’re lighthouses. And in many places, thanks to changes in guidance technology like GPS units and sonar, they’re obsolete.

Often when a lighthouse is decommissioned, it gets put on the auction block in the hopes a private developer will turn it into… something. Some especially historic lighthouses end up in the hands of preservationists or non-profit foundations, hoping to restore the houses and keep the lights on, while others simply fall into ruin. But those need not be the only options. Here are ten “second careers” for lighthouses, from wildlife refuges to castles, columbariums and beyond!

Brief yourself on the afterlife of lighthouses, on Atlas Obscura…

Reverse Canvas Wall Pockets | Just Something I Made

How absolutely darling are these? Dress them up or down as much as you like. So useful! And practical too especially i you have some old canvases laying around that you don’t want to (re)paint! I am going to make up a few of these and use them at the front door for mail and key organization!