Carlo Sampietro created the Cloche Sofa after seeing a section of sewage pipe abandoned by a construction site, its spot being fit for replacement with a new set of tubes.
Carlo Sampietro created the Cloche Sofa after seeing a section of sewage pipe abandoned by a construction site, its spot being fit for replacement with a new set of tubes.
But the six winners of the 2014 Reuse Inspiration Contest are alike in one way: They all like a creative challenge. Oh, and free beer.
Jason Matukaitis makes industrial/Asian-style furniture from reclaimed wood and steel. This live-edge coffee table features an inlaid keystone.
Designer Hilla Shamia combines natural wood pieces with cast aluminum to make slick yet rustic furniture pieces.
Stump stool made from Hurricane Sandy storm debris
Woodworker Stefan Rurak salvaged wood from Brooklyn created by Hurricane Sandy to create the Sandy Project – a collection that includes furniture and jewellery.
Fans of reclaimed wood looking to bring home a subtle American West vibe will love Uhuru Design’s new Snowfenced Reclaimed Table.
At Fallen Furniture we design distinctive pieces of vintage aviation furniture and art from original reclaimed aircraft parts, to create beautiful and unique masterpieces.
Designer Eli Chissick saves scraps of wood veneer from the floor of a carpentry studio, then carefully repurposes them into beautifully crafted furniture.
Wood type chair. Nham Wongpradu.
The SVA MFA Design / Designer as Author + Entrepreneur’s first year students taking the 3D imaginings class taught by Kevin O’Callaghan have been planning a retrofit festival of household wares that will take you back and forward at the same time.
45 rpm chair. Reham Ibrahim.
We reclaim our wood and steel from local farms and construction projects. Using non-toxic finishes like tung oil and milk paint, we create modern farm raised furniture and jewelry with a style we like to call Farmpunk.
Tonis Kalve and Ahti Grunberg, graduates of the Estonian Academy of Arts, source their wood from “an old camper’s house in the deep Baltic forests or from the decaying 1920s Tallinn Hippodrome.” The result? “Each piece has a story to tell,” as they say.
Coil + Drift is committed to creating original objects without creating environmental waste. Our furniture and object collection utilizes only reclaimed and FSC certified sustainable wood. We are fascinated by the unique character and histories of aged materials. In addition to wood we work with iron, leather, brass, lacquer, and steel. All our stains and lacquers are safe for the environment and many are handmade in house. We strive to find refreshing and energizing ways to combine age old craftsmanship with modern form. We were founded in 2012 by John Sorensen-Jolink and are based in Brooklyn, NY.
Designers Marjan van Aubel and James Shaw set out to put wood shavings to good use, after learning that 50 to 80 percent of raw timber is wasted in the milling process that makes most wooden furniture.
The Design Pallet builds sustainable custom furniture and home decor items using locally salvaged and reclaimed lumber. Simple, modern tables, benches, nightstands, desks, candle holders, test tube spice racks, book ends, salt boxes, desk organizers, test tube flower vase, key valets, and jewelry holders. Custom orders and wholesale welcome.
This post is for my friend Hilary – who loved the Coney Island Boardwalk so much she wrote a grant to go there.
UHURU co-founders Bill Hilgendorf and Jason Horvath were recognized for their innovation in their field and selected to be amongst the 40. Their original Cyclone Lounger fabricated from reclaimed Coney Island Boardwalk ipe was acquired by the museum for its permanent collection for the exhibition.
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.
The finished product is now the Central Saint Martins’ new Front Parlour, which highlights and celebrates repaired objects given new life, and evoking thought on the idea of scarcity. It asks viewers to explore and think about the potential of what is left behind by our consumerist society.
Michael Marian welds part of a desk together at his shop in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. (Ken Lambert/MCT)
The couple also enlisted Marian to make a kitchen pantry featuring a 300-pound, vintage fire door hung upon hinges from 1910. It slides on a bracket to reveal shelves made of metal from cars and license plates.
“I call his work art because I think he’s an artist,” she said. “These things came from an old burned-out warehouse and someone was going to toss it. But Michael made it something beautiful. And now I see him everywhere, which is a true testament to his work. I don’t think anyone explodes on the scene without deserving it.”
Travis Farber in the Ballard shop he shares with business partner Michael Marian. The table is made from wood from gyms, barns and old houses. (Ken Lambert/Seattle Times/MCT)
Benches from Reclaimed Lumber
Urban Lumber owner Seth San Filippo cuts a large salvaged tree into slabs. Photo by Todd Cooper.
“As a woodworker looking for quality wood, it’s always hard to find good material,” says San Filippo, who opened Urban Lumber Company in 2006. “I started to see this resource in the urban trees we have around here. And I think it just makes sense. It’s really cool to give these trees a second life, even something that might outlive their first life.”
Bigleaf Maple coffee table at Inn at the 5th. Photo by Trask Bedortha.
Reclaimed wood bench with custom stainless steel insert and leather cushion top. Custom versions available with reclaimed wood sourced from Southern Ontario.
I like to think that each item carries someone’s life with it, including the care and time someone must have given it in order for it to arrive here.
I hope whoever owns it next will keep that in mind, and treat the object well.
Manoteca is a wooden house in a garden, a laboratory where old abandoned things and salvaged materials are taken care of, thought-of a second time, and re-assembled.
Everything is one-of-a-kind and unique, hand-crafted and treated with natural, non-toxic paints.
Handmade in Spain using recycled sails from around the world, each of design studio Dvelas‘ chairs is a unique expression carrying its own history on the sea.
The goal of Dvelas is to recover these used sails and give them new life and a new history through design.
Designer Henry Baumann has created an incredible series of sculptural lamps and chairs by recycling big wooden cable drums often found on building sites.
The designers over at rePly Furniture are creating eco-friendly furniture from recovered materials, just for people who are tired of mass-produced, run-of-the-mill choices. rePly uses scrap plywood from local cabinet shops and transforms the material into wonderful new works with plenty of character. When designing and producing their pieces, the studio aims to use as much upcycled and repurposed material as possible.
“I’ve always designed and built what i would like to have for myself”, explains Joel. “When i give something a thump-test, i want it to be rock solid. I most certainly don’t want anything faux.” This design criteria goes into every piece that he creates at The Weld House.
Tony Grigorian, who has produced a set of instructions for recycling the varied and fascinating components in washing machines into intriguing and sometimes beautiful furniture.
Professionals from Design Within Reach judged the students’ projects — awarding first place to Josh Arndt for the re-imagined seesaw. For the project, Arndt bent and welded a salvaged steel plate for the seesaw’s fulcrum and restored a weathered pine beam for the seat.
“The class is all about salvaging and teaching the students to go out and bottom feed,” Herdt said.
She teaches students to find beauty and potential in the discarded objects by investigating their original materials. Her students are inspired to test their creativity while finding new purposes for scraps and waste.
For her project, recent CU graduate Karina White created a modular shelving unit. (Photo courtesy of Stephen Cardinale/CU)
I present you my first custom order palette build finished just a few days ago. A girl wanted to surprise her boyfriend for his thirtieth birthday so she asked me to do this cool Union Jack alike table she saw somewhere on the web but out of palettes and with glass on top. Here’s what I manage to do in approx. 30 working hours…
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“Unique creations from industrial molds”
Modern reclaimed wood high top bar table comes in tall bar height , regular table height or counter height for the price listed here. Dining room, kitchen or it doubles as a work desk. Made of American salvaged lumber from old buildings and barns in the midwest. 2.5″ thick top. Sustainable, unique,made to order and has a prior history in the early US since the wood we use came from places of falling down abandonment , typically pre 1920’s era, that have been deconstructed in the Chicago, Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. Metal pipe legs add a modern element mixed with beautiful rustic top. Looking for a price break? Standard 1.65″ top in this table is less. Inquire for pricing.
May we introduce to you Urban Tree Salvage from Toronto, Canada. Oh, and their amazing live edge tables.
Our reclaimed lumber and timber come from a variety of local sources. Barns across Ontario are slowly falling down if they have not been repaired from years of non-use. Ontario barns that were built many years ago were all constructed with locally grown trees that were harvested from the build location and made into lumber. The hardiness zone of the barn as well as the date the barn was built usually dictated what material was used for construction. Reclaimed barnboard is typically made of pine, hemlock and spruce and is offered in grey board, brown board, red board and threshing.
Urban Tree Salvage also recycles demolition and construction waste such as excavated historical timbers that were discovered when building condominiums in downtown Toronto and reclaimed building timbers that were salvaged from old buildings around Ontario. Urban Tree Salvage reclaims these materials and sells them as raw lumber and furniture such as reclaimed dining tables, reclaimed coffee tables, reclaimed console tables and reclaimed benches.
This comfortable chair is creative balance of rustic charm and modern style. It is made from the century-old 100% reclaimed wood. Leather is classic glazed cow hide.
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.
Old cabinets is revived with a new custom-made chassis. By old cabinets to use as a basis for new designs fresh, functional furniture that history with them. Arise Reclaiming and recycling of discarded cabinets. Each case is unique!
Good Lord! Do yourself a favor and go check out Nightwood Reincarnated Furniture, Textiles and Interiors.
We locally source salvaged, reclaimed and scrap woods for the bulk of all our wood furniture. We use organic and sustainable fabrics as well as woven scraps in our textile-based products. In addition we use vintage refurbished
frames for many of our signature reincarnated dressers, chairs and couches.
via About Us | Nightwood.
By Mary MacKay
One Prince Edward Island couple is taking the upcycling old furniture trend to new heights.
Using salvaged materials, Lenny and Heather Gallant of Souris design and build unique new items, many of which have a whimsical quality that is not typical of anything found in a furniture outlet.
“Why can’t your furniture be artwork, like you have a painting on the wall? I think you should love your furniture and it should be one of a kind,” says Heather, who like her husband hopes to transform this hobby into a fulltime business called Birdmouse.
This creative couple doesn’t mind bucking trends.In fact, when many people their age are heading west in search of greener pastures, last summer they struck out in the opposite direction, trading the constant race and chase pace of Edmonton, Alta., for the quiet laid-back life in rural Kings County, P.E.I.
”One thing they did take with them was a love of repurposing old items into renewed useful things.“As far as the Birdmouse goes — the furniture — in Edmonton, we were just making it as a hobby and friends and family were liking it. So we just started making pieces for them,” Heather says.
“We would just wander through back alleys and find junk that people were throwing away. At first we would just refinish pieces that were already made, and people were interested in them.
”Lenny’s creativity pushed that repurposing envelope to the max when he began taking the old items apart and upcycling the pieces into imaginative new furniture.
“Once it’s in a big pile on the floor, then it turns into something else,” he says.
“The longer you stare at it, all of a sudden a chair can turn into a coffee table in a few hours, no problem — just that kind of creativity and problem solving. It’s like a puzzle.
read the entire article via A passion for repurposing – Entertainment – The Guardian.
elpis&wood crafts unique furniture and decor from one-of-a-kind reclaimed wood pieces. Some people “see” objects in the natural patterns, cuts and knots formed in each piece. At elpis&wood, we see ourselves. We see our community. We see a world where what seems useless and discarded can be brought to life again with impeccable craftsmanship and intentionality.
Blinds turned furniture by Gruba.
The salvaged bits and pieces are refinished to create sophisticated furniture that looks nothing like it was once discarded. The roller blind slats are joined together with simple wooden frames into chairs, loungers and coffee tables that are surprisingly elegant.
TreeHugger article on furniture & textile reuse. We’ve been waiting a long time to see design reuse using reclaimed furniture. Inspiring.
Furniture is more often than not made to blend into the background, resulting in pieces that are functional, but not particularly remarkable. These extraordinarily colourful upholstered chair from Beirut, Lebanon-based Bokja Design take a different tack though — by reusing vibrant fabrics and salvaged vintage chairs, designers Hoda Baroudi and Maria Hibri have created an homage to ancient cultures, doused liberally with plenty of flair.
Reclaimed red oak table and bench. After acquiring the 250 year old red oak from and old barn near my home in western NC, I lightly planed it to reveal it’s true beauty. After filling in all of the old nail holes and surface imperfections, I jointed each and set them up for the best grain match. Loose tenons and glue joined these boards for another 200 years. Long tenons with pegs hold all the bases together. These are capped with walnut. The entire table and bench are sealed with polyurethane. A smooth, level finish was rubbed out to provide years of low maintenance use. Measuring 40″w x92″lx 30″t.
Price range $1,000 – $2,500
Sawdust and Embryos always amaze us. Here are some of our favorites – go see the rest!
Some of these projects seem so recent, while others seem like centuries ago. If you’ve been around here for awhile, it will be a fun review for you! And if you’re relatively new (WELCOME!) you’ll see just what we’ve been up to… other than chasing two toddlers. Heh.
via Sawdust and Embryos.
The “Wood-con-fusion” series tells a story of transformation. Each table, cabinet and bench began its life as a seemingly useless pile of off-cuts on a carpentry studio’s floor. The most unassuming pieces of fiberboard, veneer and Formica which would otherwise be relegated to the scrap heap, are collected and sorted, these pieces are then pressed into sheets which are used to create unique pieces of furniture of the highest quality.
Designer: Eli Chissick (Israel)
Manufacturer: Chissick Design (Israel)
Made from 3 recycled pallets, this ottoman/chair is a cross between post-consumerism green furniture and a tribute to ready-made. Showing that re-using without extended means of transformation can turn the right thing into a creative object. This is where design as an added value takes a stronger meaning.
Sawdust and Embryos wins the prize not only for loveliest DIY project I’ve seen in years, but also for the best quote about it. We are pretty stinkin proud of you too!
It’s like a legit piece of artwork. I’m in total shock that this technique has never been done before… because it’s SO easy, and has such a dramatically beautiful effect. I’m pretty stinkin’ proud of myself for coming up with this one!
Let them show you exactly how to do it on Burn Pile Buffet–Part 2… Using Stain to Make Artwork! | Sawdust and Embryos.
Smooth whitewashed reclaimed pine contrasts against minimal metal legs with wood tipped bases.
Handcrafted in Philadelphia.
Urban Wood Goods “old growth” reclaimed wood top and steel base stool is a modeled after an industrial shop stool. Made in Chicago. Dimensions: 13″ Width x 11.5″ Deep x counter height or bar height. this listing is for bar height stool. theese are sealed with a low voc water based sealant. we make all orders as customers order so you will not get these exact stools but very similar looking ones that are one of a kind! these are smooth and easy for cleaning. convo on etsy or call us at 312-489-8509 with questions of if you would like us to design a piece for your home or business.
Kim is an event designer, and finding unusual and inventive solutions is part of her trade. The top is actually a chunk of slate from an old pool table. I pass slate slabs like these at salvage yards frequently, and I am kicking myself for never thinking to use them in this manner. The whole project took less than a day and cost nothing, although it should be noted that coming across such magnificent fallen branches doesn’t happen every day. The result is so elegant, especially with the addition of Kim’s lovely organic styling. I’m definitely filing this away in my great ideas folder, and I’m making the case here and now: Rivendell chic, the next big thing. 🙂 — Kate
Here at the RA we’ve posted about Unite Two Design before. They are just so freakin awesome that we can’t keep our eyes off them! Check out their latest eye candy in jewelry and furniture.
Both of our Fathers and Grandfathers were entrepreneurs. It must be in our blood. We both grew up in Allentown, PA. A town who’s rich industrial past has left it’s stamp on our psyche and work ethic.
Keith grew up spending a lot of time on his grandparents farm, assembling, disassembling and rebuilding literally anything. I grew up just down the road experimenting with art and punk rock fashions of the 80’s.