In the heart of downtown LA, tucked casually and nondescript amongst the graffiti and industrial buildings, there is a small group of craftsman operating under the name District Millworks. The only indication that there is a business in the building is an address and name on the door to the front entrance, however, once inside, you will find the outfitted design studio, workshop and showroom of dedicated craftsmen who are creating truly unique products that wear the descriptions rustic and modern seamlessly.
Specializing in repurposed materials, reclaimed wood, and metalwork, their pieces and installations are starting to pop up in restaurants, boutiques, offices, and showcased homes in LA and beyond. They are a young company from humble beginnings, and the team is a fairly quiet bunch, but they let the saws and their work speak for them. If you have the chance to slip in, prepare to be pleasantly surprised and take the opportunity to try out their custom built shuffleboard table or swing from the 20ft swing inside their showroom.
Read more via Crafstman Revival in Downtown LA | 2Modern Blog.
Showraum’s latest project, Shezloan, is a stylish modular sofa completely made from repurposed materials. Designed by Patrick & Regitze Kerti, Shezloan uses reclaimed wooden floorboards for the structure and is completely upholstered with bicycle inner tubes!
Catch it via Patrick Kerti’s Chaise Longue Shezloan is Completely Upholstered with Recycled Bicycle Inner Tubes | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.
This tall-boy desk is composed of a black, lacquered mdf center sandwiched between two (yes 2!) naturally ebonized reclaimed wood slabs. Yum! Simple steel angles and tubes hold these functional layers anywhere from 42″-50″ off the ground for optimal standing comfort for our tall client. It’s meant to be used as a desk, but can also function as a bar or high kitchen island.
via Manly-Sandwich Standing Desk « MODified Originals.
Ok, I promise I did not choose to write about this furniture collection because it’s called the Grace Line. Honest. The Grace Line is a new series from a recently launched sustainable furniture company called Aellon. Based in Brooklyn, Aellon uses reclaimed boat wood (from a 61-foot Indonesian fishing boat named “Grace” that washed ashore after a monsoon) to create beautiful new desks, tables, seating and accessories. I love the mirror above and the table below, but you can check out the full collection online right here. It’s great to see something that was destroyed and headed to the firewood pile (literally, the owners were going to sell it for that purpose) turned into lovely new furniture. xo, grace
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California furniture maker, Cliff Spencer, began using salvaged wine staves in his craftsman furniture designs a few years ago. The white oak staves, which are a component of the wine fermentation process, are placed in the steel vats used in the modern wine-making process (in lieu of oak barrels).
via craftsman furniture from reclaimed oak wine staves – The Alternative Consumer.
Israeli designer Hilla Shamia uniquely joins the materials of aluminum and wood in this Wood Casting series. Using a whole tree trunk, Shamia pours molten aluminum directly onto the wood, which burns the surface and darkens the wood. The wood gets cut up lengthwise and put into a mold to form the frame and legs of the piece.
Each piece is completely one-of-a-kind due to the various trees used and depending on the “leakage” of the metal throughout the wood cracks. I love the mix of natural wood and the sleek modern metal.
Read more at Design Milk: http://design-milk.com/wood-casting-by-hilla-shamia/#ixzz1vcfdBt00
via Wood Casting by Hilla Shamia | Design Milk.
The use of salvaged material in design has become such a strong sign of responsibility and sustainability that it sometimes becomes the sole crutch for products that otherwise have little aesthetic or functional value. On the flip side, some designers really know how to embrace reuse and turn old items into original, beautiful new pieces. Such is the case with schubLaden, a Berlin Kreuzberg-based studio and shop that makes shelving and storage from old drawers.
The frames are developed around the found drawers, the natural focal points of each piece, using either MDF or solid wood. SchubLaden—meaning “drawers” in German—does both custom and readymade work, and keeps a rotating collection on display in their store. If you’ve got some old drawers lying around or love a trip through a salvage yard, schubLaden’s work is an inspiring way to modernize them and make them functional again.
via SchubLaden’s Modern Salvage – Blogs – Dwell.