Made Out of WHAT

Boris Bally

Boris Bally

“Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do, Do without.” - Puritan Saying

Boris Bally’s materials are selected for their inherent accessibility to large segments of culture, from members of the general public to the more design and art savvy.  Much effort goes into the location, purchasing, and selection of the optimal sign materials. The used signs delight, invite and subversively educate.  He hopes to open people’s minds to see that recycled work need not lack humor.



Boris Bally aims to create furnishings that support recycling, good design and sustainability. He’s a Swiss trained metalsmith, known for his pioneering use of recycled aluminum traffic signs. Bally was interviewed for the Smithsonian institution, Archives of American Art: Oral History project. His artwork earned him the 2015 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Craft as well as two RISCA Design Fellowships. Bally won First Prize from the International Green Dot Awards for his BroadWay ArmChair design in 2012. Public collections include London’s V&A Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Museum of Art & Design New York, Carnegie Museum of Art Pittsburgh, Brooklyn Museum, Luce Foundation Center, Renwick Gallery and Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. Bally’s materials are selected for their ability to delight, invite and subversively educate. He believes that recycled work doesn’t have to be dismal, alienate, or lack in comfort.