Chairloom joins a host of other high-end names in fashion, home décor, and vintage pieces at Kennett Square’s new one-stop shop, Works.
The Chairloom team is collaborating with House of Hackney, a London-based textile company, on a vintage and custom furniture display at Bergdorf Goodman in March. Says Burke, “We’re looking forward to seeing what doors open now that we will be making more of our own vintage-inspired pieces.”
Source: Repurpose Old Furniture with Chairloom’s Newest Location at Kennett Square
Peter Martin, carpenter, Sandtown Millworks, sands a large piece of wood salvaged in Baltimore. The reclaimed wood is used to make furniture. Kim Hairston, Baltimore Sun
When Bolster started renovating rowhouses 20 years ago, he noticed that very few people in the industry saved the wood they pulled out of the homes. “It all ended up in landfills,” he said. “I started saving some of the wood because the character of it was so much more fantastic than new wood.” Some of the first creations to come from Bolster’s shop were made of wood salvaged from houses in Baltimore’s Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood — hence the name. “Many of our designs are driven by the wood dimensions we pulled from those rowhouses,” he said. During the past couple of years, Bolster said, his furniture business has snowballed, rivaling his renovation company.
Source: Baltimore rowhouse wood gets new life as furniture – Baltimore Sun
He still uses reclaimed wood from shuttered bowling alleys and steel from old industrial buildings that are being torn down, continuing to live up to CounterEvolution’s mission statement:
To design, build, and sell quality products that realize the highest potential of reclaimed materials with the ultimate goal of bringing functional art, thoughtfully designed and meticulously crafted, into your home or business.
Source: Designer Turns Old Bowling Lanes Into Classic Furniture
The design collaboration between local furniture maker Stephen Kenn and the menswear label Longjourney includes armchairs made from repurposed leather motorcycle jackets and a sofa upcycled from vintage sweatshirts. (Stephen Kenn X Longjourney)
From afar, the pieces appear to be stylish and modern versions of standard-issue living room furniture. But, upon closer examination, the upholstery covering the chairs is recognizable as patchworked panels from vintage black leather motorcycle jackets. And, while you’d have absolutely no way of knowing it, the eight cushions covering the polished black nickel sofa frame began life as an armload of sweatshirts and tent canvas before being washed, dyed, combed and waxed into a second career, and that some of the frame’s supporting straps are repurposed straps from military parachutes.
Source: Fashion and furniture partnership upcycles sweats into sofas, biker jackets into chairs – LA Times
737 COWLING CHAIR AIRCRAFT PART: BOEING 737 ENGINE COWLING. Created from the engine cowling of an Boeing 737, this colossal, luxurious chair, spins weightlessly, on its highly polished spun aluminium base. Stood in its original orientation, this immense, captivating structure, is the opitome of luxury seating.
Source: 737 Cowling Chair – Fallen Furniture
As the folks around here joke, this cartoon-inspired credenza is “perfect for getting the full effect from watching Flintstones reruns.”
Source: Bedrock Reclaimed Metal Credenza – The Spotted Door
Dondi Carder (from left), Justin Carder, Jason Carder and Scott Hubbard, owners of Unsung Salvage Design Company, partially furnished a model apartment at Artspace Hamilton Lofts. They are opening up Unsung Salvage Design’s retail space at 212B Main Street in April or early May. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
“We like to take pieces from a client that maybe were discarded … and repurpose them into something else,” he said, offering as an example a crib used by three generations of a Hamilton family and repurposed by the business as a bench to be used at the foot of the client’s grandmother’s bed.
Source: Unsung Salvage Design Co. to open in Hamilton this spring | www.journal-news.com
The trees he incorporates into his designs are sourced from forests in South America, readapting their fallen branches while keeping the integrity of trees’ original shape (like the root system seen in his Tree Table).
Source: Functional Shelves and Tables Built From Fallen South American Trees | Colossal
The latest salvage wood designs – particularly by Canadian exhibitors – amplify rugged wood finishes by juxtaposing them with materials such as glass and metal. Local studio Fuel Glassworks’ Floe end tables, for example, feature a blackened wood beam with a polished-glass top, while Honing Design’s Hagensborg Bench is made of reclaimed red cedar accented with stainless steel. The company 1925 Workbench, meanwhile, is showing reclaimed barn-board sliding doors with hardware made by hand in the designer’s studio.
Source: Astrology, asymmetry and other top trends at The Interior Design Show – The Globe and Mail
When he can, Scotka tries to learn the story behind the materials he gathers for his projects.
“It’s neat to see the story it has with it … a time when the world was a little simpler,” he said. “Now, 150 years later people remove these barns and cabins and it’s going to serve another purpose for another 150 years. I try to pass the story on.”
Brian Scotka uses reclaimed metal to make unique furniture. Becky Campbell/Johnson City Press
via Johnson City Press: Artist turns old scraps into new wonders.
The Bilge Lounge is made from reclaimed bourbon barrel staves and leaf springs from New York City fire trucks. The springs provide a comfortable give to the chair.
via BILGE LOUNGE CHAIR | UHURU.
Ben Johnson and Kelli Carlson, Scandia, describe the potential of a discarded wood scrap. Johnson founded Wood that Could, which turns reclaimed wood and metal into furniture and decorative pieces.
“A local guy was selling a barn, and we decided to buy it, tear it down, and see what we could do with the reclaimed wood,” says Johnson. “Now that’s gotten scaled up and we have wood contracts out west. We ship a lot of our wood out to the Reno-Tahoe area. They use it for new, high-end home construction.
“We like that it’s not only beautiful, but we’re saving trees from getting cut down. We’re reusing something that was going to get burned, thrown away or buried. A lot of farmers either take a match to their barn or have somebody remove it and it ends up in a landfill.”
via Wood, working – Your local online newspaper: News.
The vivid colors and patterns Murphy applies to the furniture reference the “unpolished potential” of her hometown Margate, a British seaside resort that had been popular in the 1950s as a tourist destination, but has since fallen in disrepair with many of the landmarks closed, burned down, or removed.
via Zoe Murphy revives unwanted furniture into gorgeous and whimsical pieces | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.
Reclaimed wood coffee table with a fun triangle pattern. I actually stole this triangle design from a cool pair of socks that I came across recently. There are three colors of wood in this piece, the lighter color was taken from the Interior of the board, the darker triangles directly in the center were taken from the exterior of the board, & the gray triangles were taken from gray weathered pine.
via Reclaimed wood coffee table by UniqueIndustry on Etsy.
Style meets function in this one of a kind functional shelf set. Upcycled wood scraps were cut into random depths and widths then stained in various shades or left completely naked for an organic feel.
We have claimed these shelves for our own paint studio, and love the style and functionality they provide. These shelves make an entire wall and are versatile with how they can be arranged and coordinated with other decorative elements.
via Reclaimed Wood Wall Art Shelf Abstract Wood by moderntextures.
Reclaimed wood sideboard by Piet Hein Eek
London showroom SCP proudly presented legendary designer Piet Hein Eek’s recycled wood sideboard. The Dutchman masterfully reworks reclaimed wood into beautiful and highly functional furniture.
via 9 Inspiring green artists on show at Decorex from London Design Week 2015 Reclaimed wood sideboard by Piet Hein Eek – Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.
Using the Brazilian Ipe salvaged from the old Coney Island Boardwalk, my partner Patrick Delorey and I designed and built this low coffee table out of the hard wood. It’s an exploration of deformation, old and new, and a pragmatic form.
via Coney Island Low Table – The Design Brigade.
The table, above, was made from recycled farm steel and reclaimed barn planks from a Pennsylvania barn before it was demolished
via Farm-to-Table Furniture – Urban Gardens.
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If you’re in the market for a dining table, you’re in luck, because there are so many talented woodworkers making beautiful handcrafted tables from salvaged or sustainable wood.
via 7 Reclaimed & Handmade Wood Dining Table Makers You Should Know About | The Kitchn.
Lath Dining Chair by Tim McGurk and Trudo Wylaars.
Deconstructing lath for reuse in fine furniture was a tedious business, Arnott says, but the results are immensely sturdy and eye-catching seats. They are the “only chairs like this in the world”, Arnott says.
Oh, somebody somewhere might have built chairs from lath, but not lath from quake-condemned 19 Admirals Way. It’s this New Zealand backstory that imbues the objects with such interest, says Canterbury Museum exhibitions manager Neil Phillips.
via Earthquake art from Christchurch auctioned | Stuff.co.nz.
From the nail holes to circle saw marks and the patina, we love the character in this old wood.
Each piece of wood Matt and Ben use has a unique history of its own, as do the People they get it from. In their hunt for old houses and barns they often get to experience the rich family histories of their community. They encountered one man who sold them the wood from an old, rundown chicken shack on his property. After getting to know him. Matt and Ben learned that the chicken shack had been built with the wood from a schoolhouse built in the 1890s, of which the property owner’s grandfather was the founder.
In their hunt for good wood, the Hobbs brothers have found many great family stories like this, and by recrafting the wood they find into tables, they are able to connect with those families and continue to tell their story for several more years.
Matt & Ben Hobbs
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Recycled timber – individual & sustainable. At The Big Red Shed we use recycled timber in custom designs, individual and handmade furniture items and other bespoke products.
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This table at “Urban Farmhouse” in Oklahoma City, OK, is made from reclaimed wood from old train cars, Monday, April 20, 2015. Urban Farmhouse is a growing Oklahoma City business that makes furniture from salvaged vintage wood and artifacts from idled railroad cars, barns and other relics of the past. Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman
“It’s kind of a God thing — the wood seems to find me,” Urban Farmhouse co-owner Jason Thomas said.
Over the course of two years, Urban Farmhouse owners Jason and Cherami Thomas have grown the business from the garage of their rented house into 60,000 square feet of showroom and manufacturing space on S Western Avenue. Customers drive from as far away as Texas and New Mexico to purchase rustic-looking tables and chairs Urban Farmhouse has made from reclaimed wood.
via Urban Farmhouse Designs has grown by creating popular furniture pieces from reclaimed wood | News OK.
He’s come full circle with his business, which produces customized furniture made of reclaimed materials in an old elevator factory on East 36th Street. Not only is he finding new uses for goods that would have been thrown away, but he’s revitalizing Cleveland’s manufacturing past.
All Rustbelt Reclamation furniture is made by a crew of about 20 people right in Cleveland. And many of the pieces are created with floorboards harvested from now-closed factories where people who helped build the city, the region and the country once stood and worked.
“Wow, all of that was going to be in the landfill, and now it’s not.'”
via Rustbelt Reclamation brings new life to salvaged materials.
We make dining tables, benches, coffee tables, storage pieces, consoles, beds, barn doors, and many other timeless pieces by hand right here in South Baltimore. Our work is primarily made from wood, which we salvage from old buildings around Baltimore being renovated or demolished. Most of the buildings from which we get our material were built between 1880 and 1920.
via Q & A with Sandtown Millworks General Manager James Battaglia.
a series of collected pine logs are turned into seating objects – without losing the characteristics of their natural form.
an axe, chisel and a wooden hammer are used to shape each pieces
via hand crafted reclaimed log furniture.
Laura Scaccia of Eclecticasa at one of her stained glass tables at a show in Pennsylvania in February. “The show was a great success. We sold three pieces and people were crazy about the pattern of the wood and the feel,” said Scaccia
“I was recently introduced to a group of people that deconstruct homes. This is different than demolition because the material is saved and repurposed or reused, thus not filling our landfills,” Scaccia said.
“I saw a small sample of one of the repurposed pieces they had and I knew right away that I had to make tables,” she said.
via Eclecticasa introduces Detroit Collection, made from reclaimed wood.
The seats are available in reclaimed oak, which is sourced from old barns in Pennsylvania, an eco-friendly concrete consisting of 50% recycled glass bottles, as well as recycled plastic, cork and aluminium in a matt or mirror finish.
via Movie: Oki Sato of Nendo on SU stool for Emeco | design | Dezeen.
Structural Skin is a capsule collection created from this new material that is made completely of discarded leather waste, including any binder or resin used during production.
via Discarded Leather Becomes Furniture – Design Milk.
Reclaimed wood furniture that uncovers the inherent beauty of the Delta while cleaning up communities and creating jobs in the process.
via Reclaimed Helena Furniture by Jan Feldman — Kickstarter.
Brendan M. salvaged part of his neighbor’s 100 year old white oak tree scheduled for removal. He transformed it into this beautiful bookcase.
See the entire project here.
The designers at FOCUSED have been teaming up with skate shops and factories all throughout Europe to collect old skateboards, and give them new life as beautifully crafted tables.
via DecksTop Recycled Skateboard Table | HiConsumption.
Grant Koenig, Philip Bruckbauer and Blain Mikkonen, from left to right, own Grain Designs in West Fargo and sell furniture from reclaimed wood including the bleachers from the NDSU Bison Sports Arena. Dave Wallis
“When we first started, we’d go tear down a barn and build as much from it as we could,” Mikkonen said. “That’s kind of what we still do. We don’t necessarily tear down the barns ourselves anymore, but we’ll buy reclaimed lumber.”
The partners are strong believers in using sustainable materials for environmental reasons, but they also find value in the history and the story reclaimed wood gives a project.
Bison designs and logos made at Grain Designs in West Fargo. Photo by Dave Wallis
via Reclaimed wood company Grain Designs building on success of NDSU memorabilia | West Fargo Pioneer.
The reclaimed scaffolding boards which we use for the majority of our commissions are super quirky and no two are ever the same… they have had a colourful life on building sites and often display some of the following “imperfections”… we think these are actually “perfections” though, and the reason the boards have so much character and appeal!
via Aesthetics of Reclaimed Boards – Inspirit.
Kith&Kin’s penchant for reclaimed woods reappears in other works like this beautiful set of drawers featuring salvaged oak.
via Gorgeous furniture made with a patchwork of reclaimed wood : TreeHugger.
The frame of the artpieces is a historical deep-sea mine of AGSB-type, made in Russia in 1942. It was a big galvanic deep-sea mine, equipped with “Blok” device and two contact electro-magnetic antennas. The upper antenna was kept steady by a buoy. The mine was used to fight submarines. It was still manufactured in the 50-ies.
The author and designer of the Marinemine furniture is Mati Karmin, whose career is characterised by an intense and remarkably versatile activity.
via Mine | Marinemine.
Furniture maker Greg Klassen builds intricately designed tables and other objects embedded with glass rivers and lakes. Inspired by his surroundings in the Pacific Northwest, Klassen works with edge pieces from discarded trees (often acquired from construction sites, or from dying trees that have begun to rot) which he aligns to mimic the jagged shores of various bodies of water.
via Table Topography: Wood Furniture Embedded with Glass Rivers and Lakes by Greg Klassen | Colossal.
We also partner with local conservationists who work with the city and other businesses to reclaim wood from old buildings and demolition sites in and around Southern California.
via Reclaimed Wood — Arbor Exchange.
Recycled Brooklyn goes the whole nine yards with everything from benches made of wood planks salvaged from a film studio to tables created from salvaged bowling alley floor to padded benches covered in recycled coffee sacks.
via Recycled Brooklyn Reclaimed Furniture | Cool Material.
“I always think about the journey of this material,” he says over the phone. “I find little engravings or even just the chisel marks of Roman numerals,” left by early American sawmills as assembly instructions.
via Meet Matthew Holdren: Salvage Wizard and Curbed Young Gun – Young Guns 2014 – Curbed National.
Interestingly enough Geiger has managed to capture Apple’s essence in his design, especially when you think about how Apple Stores are typically furnished using wood, glass, and metal.
via Apple Power Mac G5 Computers Repurposed As Furniture | Ubergizmo.
It all began with me wanting to create a modern lamp out of an antique vacuum. The idea of constructing something old into something new and seeing the final product inspired me to create more.
via Lamps from recycled Nilfisk vacuums | Recyclart.
I’m not sure how I came up with the idea, but it probably happened while I was in wine country, tasting wine and I had a moment of inspiration while under the influence. In any case, I wanted to make something a little different than the normal chunky wine barrel furniture – something a little more graceful and contemporary. I’d never seen curved barrel staves turned on their side before, so I decided to start there.
via Oak Wine Barrel Coffee Table.
Michael Hensel created uncompromisingly industrial furniture from used escalator steps.
Third prize went to Laura Jungmann, Monika Nickel, Cornelius Reer and Matthias Blindow for their clever refurbishing reinterpretations of found objects such as chairs, tables and vessels.
via Vienna Design Week 2014: Recycling Design Prize – Core77.
Basing on the premise that historical building materials are of special value, spolia. makes a point of ’misappropriating’ valuable materials and setting them in a contemporary context. The result is a limited edition series of selected furniture and objects in which the historical structural elements take center stage: fine craftsmanship which has not only gained in value over time but carries history within it.
via Edition 02 by Tino Valentinitsch was made with parquet salvaged from a ca. 1850 Bolognese industrial villa | MOCO LOCO Submissions.