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PRODUCT STORY

Doreen says: My vision is to take what was once waste and turn it into something functional and fabulous. Look at what highway billboards have become: furniture, floormats, placemats, coasters and wall hangings. Billboards are made from woven nylon that is coated with vinyl. Billboard vinyl is stain, fade and water resistant. My pieces will last for years and can be used indoors or outdoors. All pieces are one-of-a-kind and hand-made in the USA.

MATERIALS
recycled billboard, monofillament thread
ARTIST / DESIGNER
Doreen Catena
SUBMITTED BY
Upcycling Design Challenge
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Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

November 21, 2012 12:57:00 PM

Dorena's colorful tabletop accessories are stain, fade, and water resistant, because they're made from the woven vinyl-coated nylon of billboards! Would you add these coasters to your home decor collection?

Donna
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November 21, 2012 02:05:53 PM

not my style

Rebecca
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November 21, 2012 03:08:00 PM

This would be an endless talking piece. I didn't know billboards were made of vinyl, either, because I've never seen anything upcycled from them. Definitely uncommon.

Janis

November 21, 2012 05:13:34 PM

good

Stacey
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November 21, 2012 08:32:22 PM

Would love to see more things made out of these...what a fun material for a purse or a tote bag, kindle cover, throw pillow, picture frame, etc.

Debbi
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November 21, 2012 10:00:42 PM

would like to see more items

Diane
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November 21, 2012 11:16:58 PM

Colors

Judy
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November 21, 2012 11:43:58 PM

don't care for the color

Christina
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November 22, 2012 06:37:37 AM

A refreshingly new idea and a simple enough design to go w many styles of decor

lisa

November 22, 2012 08:00:53 PM

Cool!

amanda
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November 23, 2012 10:57:04 AM

These are fun!

Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

November 23, 2012 03:39:39 PM

We mistakenly published the designers name as Dorena in our original copy and comment, and we want to call out that her name is actually Doreen Catena. We'll update our product story to reflect this.

Nancy
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November 23, 2012 06:57:05 PM

Nice

Doreen
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November 23, 2012 07:31:51 PM

Thanks for correction Cassie!

Sasha
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November 23, 2012 08:14:21 PM

Possibly better choice of colors/textures could improve these: using the glittery bits to highlight something simple rather than as the majority of the piece.

Mark

November 24, 2012 03:29:25 PM

I love it

Mary
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November 24, 2012 03:35:29 PM

I think these are great would surely have them in my home. Love them all.

Kimberly
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November 24, 2012 06:52:50 PM

I checked out the website and really love the furniture! What a great idea! What is so fun is that each piece is a work of art created by the designer. Can't wait to order something special!

cash
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November 24, 2012 07:34:41 PM

It looks great in my new house

Doreen
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November 24, 2012 07:37:57 PM

Love these very uncommon creative.

K
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November 24, 2012 11:35:09 PM

strange colors

john smith
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November 25, 2012 08:54:56 AM

wow how did you think of this amazing idea

Joe
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November 25, 2012 01:03:13 PM

Very cool idea and product.

Katie
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November 25, 2012 01:07:57 PM

Nice!

Denise

November 25, 2012 02:38:15 PM

Love the style and practicality!

Mary
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November 25, 2012 02:54:17 PM

Great piece of work love it.

Don
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November 25, 2012 03:53:30 PM

Love the creativity and the concept

Brigitte
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November 25, 2012 05:48:49 PM

So great! So creative and different......love them!

Lisa

November 25, 2012 06:52:27 PM

I love them. They are bright and eye catching. I love the circular design. They are a real talking point at my place - I never knew that billboards were made of vinyl and what a great way to reuse something that if thrown away will take millions of years to break down if ever. Love your work Doreen

ray
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November 25, 2012 07:07:53 PM

My Wife Loves TheseSCORE!!!!

Michele
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November 25, 2012 09:37:35 PM

very creative !!

Cynthia
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November 25, 2012 10:27:58 PM

Doreen has such a unique idea and incredible designs. She takes recycling to a whole new level. Way to go Doreen !!!

Mary
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November 25, 2012 10:55:40 PM

Love the bold color contrasts and uniquely individual designs. A must-have for cocktail hour!

Kobi
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November 26, 2012 01:30:41 AM

I think these are awesome. I would love to see more of the items they have made from billboards.

scott
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November 26, 2012 08:19:55 AM

fantastic style and great use of recycled material.how original

leigh
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November 26, 2012 11:40:37 AM

love them!

LeeAnn
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November 26, 2012 11:42:37 AM

Where does the water go?

Mark
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November 26, 2012 11:51:14 AM

very smart idea

Pamela
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November 26, 2012 12:02:17 PM

Great conversation pieces which are useful too!

carmela
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November 26, 2012 03:25:14 PM

love the concept and originality

Allison

November 26, 2012 04:18:22 PM

Love them. What's not to love about a functional piece of art?!

larry
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November 26, 2012 05:40:01 PM

nice!

Avis
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November 26, 2012 05:42:37 PM

Yay for anything made in the USA

Jeannette
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November 26, 2012 06:21:50 PM

Fun! Great idea.... so creative

Marjorie
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November 26, 2012 06:36:53 PM

How clever! Thanks for helping save the environment!

pinakini
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November 26, 2012 06:41:29 PM

Like the idea

robby
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November 26, 2012 07:24:51 PM

I love the ideas and textures

Kelly
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November 26, 2012 10:04:08 PM

I'd like to rest my glass of wine on these coasters.

Lisa
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November 26, 2012 11:37:33 PM

neat

Mary
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November 27, 2012 12:12:46 PM

Just love these.

Doreen
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November 27, 2012 03:40:25 PM

Extremely talented and creative.

John
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November 27, 2012 07:22:22 PM

Groovy

Rosie
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November 27, 2012 07:24:52 PM

Sounds wonderful Dor, good onya mate!

mabia
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November 27, 2012 08:04:40 PM

nice

Julie
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November 27, 2012 09:14:26 PM

love dor design - coasters are so good - original and practical

Arelis
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November 27, 2012 10:05:54 PM

Heat the colors

Cathi
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November 27, 2012 10:29:54 PM

The round coasters are my favorites. The placemats and other items made of billboards are the best for summer they'll never fade or stain. Great for a boat.

Cathi
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November 27, 2012 10:33:06 PM

ps love the chairs on dordesignonline.com

Ginny
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November 28, 2012 09:06:42 AM

Doreen's work is fantastic..top notch and highly recommended

Mary
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November 28, 2012 11:58:47 AM

light, bright, an d easy to clean just great. Its a must have.

Amanda
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November 28, 2012 12:06:44 PM

What great colors

Jo
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November 28, 2012 12:17:05 PM

unique

Betty
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November 28, 2012 02:04:37 PM

Like the round ones better than squares.

Michele
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November 28, 2012 05:03:38 PM

cool coasters !!

bridget
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November 28, 2012 07:35:01 PM

These are great and very unique. I love the fact that they are all different. You are very talented!

Sydney

November 28, 2012 07:35:50 PM

Love these !

RJ
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November 28, 2012 07:45:37 PM

Great use of old billboards material

Sandy
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November 28, 2012 07:52:25 PM

Made in the USA !!!!!

Elsie
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November 28, 2012 09:22:56 PM

super cool

Norman
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November 28, 2012 10:50:39 PM

Each one is different Made locally Keeps vinyl coated nylon out of the landfill.Looks really cool. Winner

Doreen
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November 28, 2012 11:54:15 PM

Thank You to everyone who voted! I'm proud of my work and had wanted to be a part of Uncommon Goods. :-) Doreen

Juanita

November 29, 2012 12:05:30 AM

recycled coasters! great invention.

thanks for commenting

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