If you were having trouble getting into the whole Voluntary Simplicity thing, take a hint from lets, an India-based movement led by Nupur Goenka, an artist whose aim is to breathe new life into the garbage she sees around her – transforming discarded windowpanes, chairs, and other salvageables into one-of-a-kind lights, furniture and art. DIYers have long turned to dumpster diving for raw materials and hidden gems, but the well-crafted works of lets stuck out at us. The unique, local qualities of the original found articles have been kept intact by lets’ (re)designers, but have been repurposed with obvious attention to design, craftmanship, and functionality. One of lets’ main goals is to see their process and ethos spread beyond India – we hope it does.

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