The practice dates “back to ancient Egypt and perhaps beyond,” Mergold says. “It’s extremely pragmatic and symbolically charged. More than recycling, spolia also has social, cultural and even political dimensions. We think of it as an archaic practice, yet we also think that we have just invented recycling, life hacking and adaptive reuse. In fact, it has been practiced for millennia.”
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.