Category Archives: Reuse Design

PDX Airport Bench Re-design Opening Night and Auction | Events | Design Week Portland

Join us to see the finished redesign of the benches that have seated millions of Portland’s finest butts. Collaboration design teams will be announced the first week of March on our website and instagram. Collaborators Sign-Up Deadline Feb. 26th @ 6pm (sign-up and info at www.PDXoriginals.com/DWP18) This is for the aspiring or profesional furniture designer inside us all.

Source: PDX Airport Bench Re-design Opening Night and Auction | Events | Design Week Portland

makegood | aesthetic and functional redemption of abandoned objects

SAD-ROBOT Desk Lamp

Makegood is a collective of  makers dedicated to giving new life to the discarded and reimagining salvaged materials. A portion of the sales of makegood artwork is donated to various non-profits including crackedpots.org and animal rescue organizations.

BEE-SMOKER Lamp

Source: makegood | aesthetic and functional redemption of abandoned objects

RTE ‘Home of the Year’ contender could be a home for life for €545,000

Address: 21 Rehoboth Place, Dolphins Barn, Dublin 8 Price: € 545,000 Agent: Sherry FitzGerald

This leads through to the diningroom, where the original second fireplace has been repurposed as a smart, open drinks cabinet, within easy reach of the table, made from reclaimed scaffolding planks.

Source: RTE ‘Home of the Year’ contender could be a home for life for €545,000

Slippurinn restaurant and the new wave of cooking coming from Iceland – Iceland Monitor

Eggert Jóhannesson

In 2011 Gísli decided to open a small restaurant, Slippurinn, with his family. He set himself the ambitious aim of raising the profile of Iceland’s gastronomic culture. The choice of location was not random: an abandoned machine workshop that used to serve the old shipyard. Shelves of tools and many of the old instruments are still in place, while the tables and many other furnishings have been made from reclaimed ship parts. The restaurant soon built a loyal following.”

Source: Slippurinn restaurant and the new wave of cooking coming from Iceland – Iceland Monitor

Old trestle timbers survive in house flooring – Local News – The Daily Astorian

Tobey Parsons of McGee Salvage checks in on work to a home in Svensen that utilized reclaimed timber from the trestle bridge at Clatsop Spit.

“When we realized the wood was in good shape but untreated, we started to explore options of recycling rather than cutting it up as firewood,” Morrill said. “I was talking to some local builders, and one of them suggested I call Tobey, and he developed a scheme.”

They brought in a mobile mill and spent four months processing the timbers into boards 16 to 19 feet long and more than 3/4-inch thick. Some of the boards have found their way onto the floor of a wooden barn house under construction by general contractor Duane Clayton in Svensen.

Source: Old trestle timbers survive in house flooring – Local News – The Daily Astorian

Buck the trends | NWADG

OUT: There are a few trends interior designer, foodie and author Athena Calderone is happy to see the back of in 2017. “I would love to see reclaimed wood, industrial furnishings and rustic accents eradicated in 2018,” she tells us. “Design is moving toward a slightly more lush and sexy direction. Rustic on top of rustic just feels dated and excessive. Salvaged oddities were seen everywhere from the Brooklyn Flea to Brimfield in the past, and while many of these items are indeed treasures, it is true that too much of one thing is never a good idea.” Ain’t that the truth?

Source: Buck the trends | NWADG

Nelson couple rebuild home with materials salvaged from red-zoned cottage | Stuff.co.nz

Mike Moss, left with the kauri stairs of the new home at the Nelson Eco-Village. The dis-assembled home on Red Zoned ...

Mike Moss, left with the kauri stairs of the new home at the Nelson Eco-Village. The dis-assembled home on Red Zoned land in Christchurch was shipped it to Nelson.

“It was a lot like a kid with a box of Lego, you have got one house made out of it and you pull it all to bits, put it back in the box and then make another one but it looks completely different.” He estimated a third of the materials used in the build were recycled. Some from their home in Christchurch, other parts from the demolition yard. He estimated the value of recycled materials in the house was about $150,000.

Source: Nelson couple rebuild home with materials salvaged from red-zoned cottage | Stuff.co.nz

Filmmaker launches new co-working space for creatives near Sacramento State | The Sacramento Bee

UPcyclePOP aims to find new uses for the discarded, bringing artists to Folsom Boulevard pop-up market. Ed Fletcher The Sacramento Bee

The three days of UPcyclePOP attracted hundreds of people as more than a dozen local artists displayed and sold their works, from end tables made from car pistons to televisions with the appearance of old tube sets to ash trays turned into beautiful windows. Prior to the event, she knew none of the artists.

Source: Filmmaker launches new co-working space for creatives near Sacramento State | The Sacramento Bee

Cape May man dumpster dives for his wooden art | Living | pressofatlanticcity.com

Peter Henderer is a Cape May artist who takes his wood from homes and dumpsters to make his art at his studio Thursday Dec 14, 2017. (The Press of Atlantic City / Edward Lea Staff Photographer)

For some pieces, he’ll use shovels for fish bills, rakes for fins and light bulbs for eyes. All of the work is done in a shed in the backyard of his grandparents’ Cape May home, where Henderer will cut, sand and stain plywood before coating it with polyurethane to withstand any climate.

Source: Cape May man dumpster dives for his wooden art | Living | pressofatlanticcity.com

Copper salvaged from Maine’s Capitol dome to become public art – Portland Press Herald

The Maine Arts Commission announced its selection Tuesday as part of the State Capitol Copper Dome Reuse Project. The artists will use century-old copper sheathing, which was replaced in 2014. The pieces vary in size, but average 20-by-36 inches.

Source: Copper salvaged from Maine’s Capitol dome to become public art – Portland Press Herald

Throwback Post: The making of our ‘Whiskmas’ tree – & other whisky barrel gifts! – The Scotch Whisky Experience Blog

The Scotch Whisky Experience Christmas Tree Niall Wilson of Sandwood Designs

200 whisky barrel staves were used in the construction of the tree, created by Niall Wilson of Sandwood Designs. A wood craftsman based near Glasgow, Niall creates stunning whisky barrel furniture, with chairs, tables and an array of other gifts created from repurposed barrel staves. However, our 8ft Christmas tree was one of his biggest challenges yet!

The Scotch Whisky Experience Christmas Tree by Niall Wilson of Sandwood Designs

Source: The making of our ‘Whiskmas’ tree – & other whisky barrel gifts! – The Scotch Whisky Experience Blog

Before the bulldozers arrive, this Vancouver artist turns empty houses into works of art | CBC Arts

Installation view of Emily Neufeld’s Before Demolition, her solo exhibition at Burrard Arts Foundation Gallery. (Photo: Dennis Ha/Courtesy of BAF Gallery)

Houses are the subject of Neufeld’s work, sure, but they’re also her canvas, her materials and her gallery. And since 2014, she’s found a way inside ordinary bungalows and split-levels around East and North Vancouver before the bulldozers arrive, securing permission through the builders.

Emily Neufeld. Grand Boulevard. 2015. (Courtesy of the artist)

Source: Before the bulldozers arrive, this Vancouver artist turns empty houses into works of art | CBC Arts

Bordalo II Opens the Doors to ‘Attero,’ a Giant Exhibition of Animal Assemblages Built with Trash | Colossal

Using locally-sourced waste plastics, car parts, construction materials, and other found detritus, Bordalo has become famous for his uncanny depictions of animals—those most vulnerable to the side effects of our disposable economy. While scale often plays a large role in his outdoor wall-mounted street pieces, the artist also created considerably smaller assemblages attached to old doors, siding, and windowpanes.

Source: Bordalo II Opens the Doors to ‘Attero,’ a Giant Exhibition of Animal Assemblages Built with Trash | Colossal

Architecture professor explores ‘alternate endings’ for buildings, materials – News @ Northeastern

“This idea of exploring different models of practice is really a way of looking at whether we can, as designers, have more influence over policymaking or systemic ways of affecting change,” said Li. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University

This semester, she’s teaching a graduate research studio course, “Alternate Endings,” in which students have been studying exactly that. They’re examining the demolition of buildings, searching for places to intervene and make better use of a material or design.

Source: Architecture professor explores ‘alternate endings’ for buildings, materials – News @ Northeastern

Pamplin Media Group – Luscious carpentry

LUSH – All the furnishings inside the Lush stores — at least the ones that have been remodeled so far — are made in-house from sustainably reclaimed lumber. People test bath bombs in the porcelain sink.

“We were doing some of our bigger shops in the reclaimed wood,” Moreira said. “We did a full switchover in 2014, so everything now is made with the reclaimed lumber.”Since Pioneer Millworks is based in Oregon and in New York, they source wood from all over the U.S. from old grain silos, barns and corral boards for cattle.

Source: Pamplin Media Group – Luscious carpentry

What’s old is new again for former Studebaker factory | WSBT

The wood comes from building 84 of the Studebaker factory. It’s now being reclaimed in building 112, being turned into workbenches, keychains, and even pens. “When I look at it, I can see history. I can literally in a way feel how many feet, how many cars were built on this,” said Woodsmith Owner, Kevin Smith.

Source: What’s old is new again for former Studebaker factory | WSBT

A Dylan Thomas snug has been rebuilt in a London pub – close to where the poet romanced his mistress – Wales Online

The bar at the exhibition at Swansea Museum, with creator Rhys Stephens, Glenda Thomas and Jeff Towns.

Author and Dylan Thomas expert Jeff Towns, who wrote book A Pearl of Great Price detailing the year-long fling, said: “It is great to see this bar lives on. It was really well put together and was a huge success in the museum. “It is fantastic too that it has found a home in an area with a connection with Dylan; he and Pearl enjoyed a river cruise along this part of The Thames, so it is perfect piece of synchronicity.

Source: A Dylan Thomas snug has been rebuilt in a London pub – close to where the poet romanced his mistress – Wales Online

12 high-design wineries across the U.S. – Curbed

The Saffron Fields Vineyard in Oregon. Courtesy of Saffron Fields Vineyard

Designed by architect Richard Shugar of 2Form Architecture, this tasting room in Oregon was completed in 2013. Originally on the site of a dairy farm, the winery’s new building uses reclaimed materials from the old barn and sits on a hill with panoramic views. A small patio cantilevers over a pond that laps against the south side of the building, and guests can enjoy wine on the expansive patio. Sloping roof planes extend from the building and also allow rainwater runoff to be collected for irrigation and to fill up the adjacent pond.

Source: 12 high-design wineries across the U.S. – Curbed

The Tombstone House was built with 2200 discarded gravestones / Boing Boing

However, during the Great Depression, maintaining the cemetery and the headstones suffered because of scant funding. The city decided to cut the tombstones in half and lay the top halves, which were engraved with the soldiers’ details, on the ground so they no longer stood erect. These makeshift flat graves saved money on mowing and maintenance costs. The bottom halves of 2,200 slain tombstones were then sold for the princely sum of $45. Their new owner, Oswald Young, used them to build his house, chimney, and walkway…

Source: The Tombstone House was built with 2200 discarded gravestones / Boing Boing

Tiny Texas Houses from Salvaged Materials – Green Homes – MOTHER EARTH NEWS

These recycled buildings, offered for sale out of Luling, Texas (between San Antonio and Houston), are built of recycled materials, based on traditional designs. They have instant soul. This is a wonderful body of work by builder Brad Kittel.

Our buildings are 99 percent pure salvage. Everything — doors, floors, windows, lumber, porch posts, glass, door hardware, and even the siding — has been saved and re-used to create houses that we hope will last for a century or more.

Source: Tiny Texas Houses from Salvaged Materials – Green Homes – MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Mike Hendry saves old pianos from being disposed and destroyed by turning them into furniture, ornaments and jewellery | Leader

A dining table made from an old piano.

“Weighing in at between 250-500kg, they have become a significant contributor to landfill, so we have proposed reinventing and repurposing them into modern and classical furniture pieces,” he said.Mr Hendry said he believed Pianos Recycled had stopped almost 20 tonnes worth of pianos going to landfill in the past year.

Source: Mike Hendry saves old pianos from being disposed and destroyed by turning them into furniture, ornaments and jewellery | Leader

Out of the woods | National Post

This table used to be part of a barn. HD Threshing

Lots of companies do reclaimed, she notes. “Some are putting barn board on walls, or buying items made from shipping palettes. It’s great that this stuff is not going to landfill. Reclaimed is gaining momentum, especially with younger people.”Yet some claims about reclaimed are not all they’re cracked up to be, so buyers need to know what they’re looking for. In fact some pieces are not reclaimed wood at all, but only mass-produced wood made to look the part.

Source: Out of the woods | National Post

Oregon Coast-Inspired Home by Aspect Design Build – Midwest Home Magazine

The living room features a two-sided fireplace, reclaimed and painted mantel, and ceiling medallion.

A deliberate walkabout in the home reveals additional architectural salvage that is artfully repurposed. The stair railing in the front foyer, for example, is bookended by reclaimed iron posts. “We could only get three, so we cut the additional wood posts in the same shape,” says Winkler. The fireplace mantel in the great room, also reclaimed and then painted to match the built-in cabinetry and millwork, still shows off its dentil molding and fluted columns with the kind of wood joinery used at the turn of the century.

Source: Oregon Coast-Inspired Home by Aspect Design Build – Midwest Home Magazine

From Seaport shipwreck to fancy furniture: Charlestown woodworker repurposes scraps – The Boston Globe

J. DICKEY Conference table made from the boards of Seaport shipwreck.

On Aug. 11, Dickey will display furniture he made using wood from the historic ship during an event at District Hall, a Seaport venue on Northern Avenue not far from where the vessel’s remains were uncovered. He’ll also share with the public pieces of the ship that weren’t transformed into furniture, offering history buffs and boat enthusiasts a chance to get up close and inspect the leftovers. “All the pieces of the ship will be represented,” he said. “Any person with knowledge in ship-building and sailing will get to see how they originally put this ship together.”

Source: From Seaport shipwreck to fancy furniture: Charlestown woodworker repurposes scraps – The Boston Globe

Buildin’ Manhattan on Vimeo

Buildin' Manhattan from Gideon Camera Crew | Cowboyfilm on Vimeo.

Months and months of long working days… over 6000 pieces sawn to perfection. BUILDIN’ MANHATTAN Dutch artist Diederick Kraaijeveld created a 10 feet long Manhattan in wood, special wood: red cedar from Manhattan water towers. Shipped in a sea freight container from New York City to The Netherlands. One day the piece will be back in New York.

Home-made Hendrix guitar lands in Sandspit – Haida Gwaii Observer

Topped by recycled fir baseboards from Jimi Hendrix’ childhood home, this guitar made by luthier Reuben Forsland also has nails and wiring from the home inlaid in all of its fret markers. The “story” guitar is a collaboration between Forsland and Kevin Hennig of Symphontree Music in Sandspit. (Kevin Hennig/Symphontree Music)

Handmade by Reuben Forsland, a Métis luthier in Comox, its soundboard is made from the fir baseboards of Hendrix’ bedroom. Inside the silver fret markers are wires and nails from the home. For the rosette, the decorative trim around the soundhole, Forsland inlaid bits of paint from the Hendrix home floor, encased in 150 pieces of ebony. “That’s what this guy does, all the time,” says Kevin Hennig, owner of SymphonTree Music, a specialized guitar shop based in Sandspit.

Source: Home-made Hendrix guitar lands in Sandspit – Haida Gwaii Observer

SoDo’s Recology CleanScapes Program Gives Seattle Artists Mountain of Trash

Image Credit:
Hayley Young
Recology CleanScapes Artists in Residence Max Cleary and Meg Hartwig exercises her “scavenging privileges” at SoDo recycling facility.

“What’s interesting about recycled materials is that when it comes down to it, they’re all just things caught in a cycle of being acquired and passed on,” Cleary observed in April, early in his residency. “The materials I find within Recology’s recycling stream have the potential to contain richer, more unexpected backgrounds and be in unpredictable states, which is exciting to me.”

Source: SoDo’s Recology CleanScapes Program Gives Seattle Artists Mountain of Trash

Going green: What’s in it for sports venue owners? | Construction Dive

The Barclays Center opted for a variety of green features. Credit: Adam E. Moreira

Arena designers also repurposed construction materials from the structures that were demolished to make way for the Kings’ new home, resulting in more than one-third of the new building’s material recycled from the old ones. Designers even used recycled athletic shoes for the court surfaces.

Source: Going green: What’s in it for sports venue owners? | Construction Dive

Loch sunglasses are made of 500-year-old timbers from the Great Lakes : TreeHugger

© Loch

These logs are from trees that began growing about 500 years old or more, the remaining spoils of the logging boom that ravished eastern Canada’s forests throughout the 19th century. At the time, millions of logs were transported along waterways, floated down rivers and over rapids and hauled across lakes by tugboats in giant ‘booms’. They were destined for the shipyards of Europe and sawmills of America. Sometimes these logs sank to the bottom of the lake, where they were preserved in the cold, dark water. Only now, nearly two hundred years later, are they resurfacing.

Source: Loch sunglasses are made of 500-year-old timbers from the Great Lakes : TreeHugger

Decon + Reuse ’17 Speakers invited by the Reclamation Administration

The Reclamation Administration has made a lot of friends over the years.

We are proud to say that over a third of the speakers for Decon + Reuse ’17 Expo: Saving our Past, Building the Future are from our invitations. These presenters have all been featured on the Reclamation Administration going as far back as 2011!

Here is a list of Presenters brought to you by the Reclamation Administration.  You can see them all in Portland, Oregon on September 24th – 27th at the Decon + Reuse ’17 Expo.

James Lindberg

Detroit Audio Lab

Eco3d

Sons of Sawdust

ReCor Door 

Ohio Materials Marketplace

Louise McRae

Viridian Reclaimed Wood

Futel

The Rockford Brand

Miigwech Aki Deconstruction

Pioneer Millworks

Space Monkey Designs/Fantom Foundry

diederick kraaijeveld

Wallace Detroit Guitars

Upcycling goes upscale: How an Italian designer does it | Stuff.co.nz

Enrico Moreno Cinzano has long had a passion for design, and now he has turned his attention to upcycling. His Manhattan apartment is full of furniture he’s made from found items. The chair he’s sitting in is made of hemp fibre and reclaimed pine timbers.

After an award-winning stint in edgy fashion design, Cinzano is now all about upcycling and using found objects to create his line of furniture.

Source: Upcycling goes upscale: How an Italian designer does it | Stuff.co.nz

Provenance in Kensington launches new line of furniture, lighting – Curbed Philly

Photos by Matt Faisetty for Provenance
Provenance’s new line of desk lamps were created out of old X-ray head lamps. $400.

Its line of desk lamps, created by melding vintage X-ray reflectors with new bases, soon followed. The next step is setting up a showroom within Provenance’s already massive warehouse, so that shoppers can see the furniture and lighting fixtures on display.

One hope is that the new lines of furniture and lighting will help make trips to Provenance a little less, well, overwhelming. Says Lash, “For a lot of people, when they come here the first time, they look at stuff and say, ‘How do I use it?’ Now, we hope they come back and say, ‘Okay, this could work in my home.’”

Source: Provenance in Kensington launches new line of furniture, lighting – Curbed Philly

Wallace Detroit Guitars Use Reclaimed Motor City Wood For A ‘Cadillac’ Sound | Benzinga

Mark Wallace of Wallace Detroit Guitars

The reclaimed wood used to build Wallace Detroit Guitars — salvaged from buildings in the Motor City — dates as far back as the early 1800s. The handmade guitars are therefore being built with the same vintage, slow-growth wood as instruments made in the golden era of the 1920s, said Wallace Detroit Guitars founder Mark Wallace. “That wood went into guitars, and my wood went into houses,” Wallace said during an interview at Architectural Salvage Warehouse, the nonprofit where he sources maple, ash, walnut and pine. “There’s something fundamentally different about the wood that went into those [vintage] guitars, and that’s what I’m tapping into.”

Source: Wallace Detroit Guitars Use Reclaimed Motor City Wood For A ‘Cadillac’ Sound | Benzinga

ReUse-apalooza offers new life for ‘junk,’ new jobs for workers, and new challenges for tinkerers – Insider – Story

David Rueve finished creating a new cabinet for the hi-fi and modernizing it more than a week before the ReUse-apalooza deadline. (Photo provided by David Rueve)

“It was a mess when I found it,” Rueve said of the hi-end RCA Victor cabinet hi-fi he recycled. “And it took some work. But now everything works — AM/FM/AFC, phono, tape (which is now set up for iPod, etc.), lights, all tone controls, all eight speakers,” Rueve said. “It sounds amazing. I mean really good.”

Source: ReUse-apalooza offers new life for ‘junk,’ new jobs for workers, and new challenges for tinkerers – Insider – Story