The Point Breeze-based warehouse for used building materials has teamed up with MARC USA for a year-long “The Environment Is No Joke” campaign, which puts goofy knock-knock jokes on doors that were donated to Construction Junction, then decorated by local artists. Five such featured doors — including a work in progress with a video screen and digital experience — will be displayed throughout Downtown’s Cultural District during Highmark First Night Pittsburgh on New Year’s Eve.
via Construction Junction’s painted doors use jokes to promote recycling | TribLIVE.
The pieces of wood came from old furniture, shelves, and doors, and those, combined with the used fruit boxes, became the material used to create texture, shapes, and visual interest to the tall walls. Artfully arranged, the pieces become a sculptural composition of components that have a history.
via Reclaimed Wood Used to Design Gallery Interior – Design Milk.
Over the last year, Belgian painter and sculpturor Stefaan De Croock aka Strook began working with repurposed wood panels, doors, and furniture to construct giant faces on the side of buildings.
via Repurposed Wood Doors and Furniture Transformed into Geometric Faces on the Streets of Belgium | Colossal.
© Malka Architecture
French architect Stéphane Malka, known for this previous proposal for a facade made out of recycled pallets, has created this intriguing project for an open, common space for nomads to temporarily live in.
via Shared urban micro-shelter is made out of salvaged doors & windows : TreeHugger.
Neighborhoods where the new strategies have been applied have seen home prices rise 31% over four years, compared with a 1% rise in comparable areas, according to a study by Ira Goldstein of the Reinvestment Fund. The initiatives increased home values by $74 million throughout Philadelphia, Goldstein said, and brought in $2.2 million more in transfer tax receipts.
Philadelphia had been spending millions of dollars a year to tear down vacant properties, and it didn’t seem to be making much headway, said Rebecca Swanson, who directs the city’s vacant building strategy. So in 2011, city officials decided to try a strategy they hoped would prevent properties from becoming run down in the first place.
The city utilized software used by the IRS to track down owners of the vacant buildings. Then the city took the owners to a newly created Blight Court. The door and window ordinance also allows the city to attach liens to property owners’ other personal property, including, in some cases, mansions in the suburbs.
“That was the whole point, to catch them early, cite them for doors and windows, and hopefully that incentivizes the owner to come out of the woodwork and do something,” Swanson said.
via City of Brotherly Love finally tackles neighborhood blight – latimes.com.
Customer service professionals from Graham Wood Doors and Maiman Wood Doors can provide door owners with a location of a local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. The doors can be dropped off at the ReStore location, where their lifecycle will continue for a good cause. Proceeds from the resale of the doors will be used to build homes, communities and hope locally and around the world.
“At ASSA ABLOY our mission is to provide products and services that are environmentally sound throughout the entire production process and the product lifecycle,” said Aaron Smith, Director Sustainable Building Solutions for ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions. “Product end-of-life recycling programs are a key part of our efforts and we are especially proud of the wood door program donation and re-use aspects with longtime partner Habitat for Humanity.”
via ASSA ABLOY Group Brands Announce Product End-of-Life Recycling Program for Wood Doors – MarketWatch.
More than 200 salvaged doors (as well as shutters and windows) were used as paneling. The restaurant is the work of Corvin Christian and Vlad Vieru, two Bucharest-based architects who often collaborate, and, not coincidentally, also work as film production designers. “Central Bucharest and Romania in general is going through a craze of demolishing old buildings, unfortunately, ” says Christian. “Our approach is an attempt to keep some memories of the disappearing past.”
via In Bucharest, Doors as Decor: Remodelista.
French designer Sasufi used reclaimed wooden doors to recreate the decorative panelling of nineteenth century French interiors on the walls of this patisserie on the outskirts of Melbourne.
via By Josephine patisserie by Sasufi.
You know my love of “frankenfurniture” (a neologism I’m desperately trying to spread around), and it should come as no surprise that I adore this sofa that D*S reader John Doucet made from old doors. Now the key to successful frankenfurniture is not just a novel idea of how to combine or turn one furniture object into another, it’s also the execution. A sofa made from old doors could be a big old mess if designed poorly, which is why I admire John’s piece all the more. I love the look of the subtle tilt, the decision to leave the old metal details and the hours of work John put into stripping the doors down to their beautiful raw state. This is a truly gorgeous piece, and for $55 (!), you could not score something of this quality in a million years. Can you tell I want one of my own? 🙂 Wonderful job, John! — Kate
via before & after: sofa made from old doors | Design*Sponge.