Reclaimed wood and cast metal – these materials have natural imperfections, which Fern & Roby believes is a benefit, not something to hide.
The company, which is based in Oakland, CA. works with Bay Area designers and artisans to make furniture and accessories that feature reclaimed fire hose, keeping them out of the landfill.
Projects like this show that there’s really no reason to waste anything in construction anymore! The eco-conscious Casa Estero Puente in Puerto Varas, Chile, was built using wood salvaged from abandoned villas in the area.
These incredible city-within-a-city Gasometers in Vienna were once gas storage tanks, and thanks to an incredible rehab by an all-star team of European architects, including Jean Nouvel and Coop Himmelblau, they now house over a thousand Viennese tenants in a mixed-use community rich with entertainment, office, and retail spaces.
UK-based architects John McAslan + Partners just finished converting a 1929 stone barn into a contemporary library and student center at the University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus.
.. check out the interior’s inspiring use of reclaimed and salvaged materials.
SOLO creates chic one of a kind furnishings and home accessories using recycled and repurposed materials. Based out of Chicago, the studio works with many local businesses to collect objects and give them new life.
When the crumbling World’s Fair relic was under threat of demolition, activists and longtime fans Matthew Silva, Christian Doran, and Salmaan Khan founded People For The Pavilion to drum up support for the iconic structure.
The technique of demolition under cover of night has to stop. It is common practice to bulldoze community sensitive places, like historical buildings or in this example – gardens with animals.
It is unethical for developers to demolish buildings and raze structures under cover of darkness without advanced notification to the community.
We really need to address the permitting processes at the government level if we are going to change this grievous practice. Then make it punishable by law and preferable jail-time for developer perpetrators.
Community activists told the NY Post that construction workers waited until 5 a.m. on the morning of December 28th to begin the abrupt demolition. According to witnesses, work crews first gathered and moved the 20 chickens living in the garden to pet carriers outside the plot, however it seems that dozens of cats, rabbits, and pigeons fled before the machines moved in. Soon after, backhoes and bulldozers rolled in, tearing apart plots that have grown everything from hundreds of pounds of tomatoes, cabbage, zucchinis, and other vegetables.
The fort is made out of small pieces of hardwood (either plantation grown teak or reclaimed wood) that are bound together with rubber cord.
Inhabitat has a great feature on Reuse and Reclamation in landscape – check out their list!
Photo by Jill Fehrenbacher for Inhabitat
To highlight the significance of these spaces, and the potential that they hold to become something more than a blight, we’ve gathered up a series of projects that illuminate how designers use unlikely opportunities to transform landscapes into spectacular spaces—all while preserving their historic and cultural meaning.
Designer Henry Baumann has created an incredible series of sculptural lamps and chairs by recycling big wooden cable drums often found on building sites.
Johannes Norlander Arkitektur AB renovated a 1950s island cottage on Sweden’s Gothenburg Archipelago with jet-black wooden facade that draws upon traditional boat building techniques. House Morran is covered in black pine tar – a material traditionally used throughout Norway to preserve wood against the elements.
Eero Saarinen‘s famous JFK terminal is a masterpiece of contemporary architecture, but as a flight terminal, the building has fallen a bit behind the times. Largely unoccupied since 2001, the iconic building has left many wondering what would become of it. Last week, hotelier Andre Balazs announced that he would be turning the terminal into a hotel and changing the name from the TWA Flight Center to the Standard, Flight Center
Inhabitat is featuring recycled corrugated metal!
Australian practice Branch Studio Architects have created their own unique workspace with a rusty exterior and magnificent views. Located within the state of Victoria, their working shelter is made from recycled corrugated iron boards collected near the site.
The Pembrokeshire County Council has given Charlie Hague and his partner Megan two months to demolish their beautiful hobbit home, which has a green roof and lime-plastered straw bale walls. Charlie built the home on his father’s property over a period of one year using techniques learned from the nearby Lammas eco-village in West Wales. Prior to that, before Megan fell pregnant, they were living in a caravan. Certain that the planning council would not give them permission to build the home, Charlie went ahead anyway, but applied retroactively for permits. These were denied because “the benefits of a low-impact development do not outweigh the harm to the character and appearance of the countryside having regard to the provisions of the development plan,” ruled the inspector.
On Inhabitat today.
Architect Alejandro Bahamón and artist Maria Camila Sanjinés were fascinated by the use of waste in architecture and decided to document 33 projects from around the world that extensively utilize a wasted material in their new book, REMATERIAL From Waste to Architecture.
Three Geneva entrepreneurs decided to offer some of Switzerland’s top designers a chance to transform a series of iconic gondolas from the Verbier Alpine ski resort into wild new designs pulled from their own imaginations. Each repurposed creation is completely different and yet loyal to the original material. The projects premiered at the Art Basel Fair, and they will eventually be auctioned off for charity.
Vasileios Roumeliotis transformed an old bike tire into this beautiful Wheel Light for Roumelight. This lamp is made from a recycled bicycle wheel set on a black glass surface which acts as a canvas, showcasing the play of light and shadow.
The Arch Group design studio has transformed a disused building in downtown Moscow into a modular hotel, filling the space with their portable Sleepbox capsules. The modular hotel rooms line the halls of the Sleepbox Hotel Tverskaya, giving the abandoned building new purpose with little renovation.
Chandelier by Urban Chandy
The chandelier is made from a single piece of salvaged wood that is strung with a slew of Edison bulbs with funky coils.
Inhabitat has today’s door reuse juice!
Two young designers from Turin have created Deformazione Professionale – a line of clever new furnishings made from old unwanted doors.
Chissick Design just unveiled a new collection of beautiful fused wood furniture. Each piece is made of scrap wood collected from different carpenters that is fused together to create unique pieces of sustainable furniture. The salvaged wood furnishings range from credenzas and chairs to shelves and tables, and each piece is defined by the form of the materials collected.
Inhabitat is showing big love for designer and craftsman Palo Samko, and rightfully so. Check out a slideshow of his work here.
Where some people see flaws in salvaged timber, such as holes carved over time or stress splits, New York’s Palo Samko sees beauty. So instead of hiding these so-called imperfections, the carpenter, designer and devoted father showcases them in his otherworldly reclaimed interiors, though he also ensures that they are structurally sound by incorporating unique joinery into the designs.
Inhabitat has the eye candy today, don’t miss it!
Zona Tortona showcases unique, outside-the-box thinking every year during Milan Design Week – and few designers exemplify this better than Italy’s IDI Studio. A keen user of FSC certified wood, this charming design studio showed off several cool interiors at Milan Design Week earlier this month, but we were particularly enamored with the firm’s ROPE ME series, which is made from 100-percent recycled materials.
From Inhabitat this morning’s eye candy!
Grant Davis Thompson Inc. has spent the last three years transforming nondescript New York interiors into unique spaces by using recycled and reclaimed materials. One of the young company’s most recent projects created a luxurious kitchen in the East Village – complete with tons of storage – out of salvaged wood. From reclaimed tiles to vintage fixtures, the perfectly usable components are sourced from businesses in the area, supporting local economy as well as the environment.
See the slideshow and read the rest via Grant Davis Thompson Design Creates Gorgeous New York Interiors with Reclaimed Materials | Inhabitat New York City.