Angela Heck -- Home Accents Today, January 1, 2010
The en-vogue way to source wood right now is from anywhere other than a living tree, and more adherents than ever before are getting on board the reclaimed bandwagon. Retrieved from old buildings, forest floors and piles of scrap, most of this timber was destined to burn or rot. But the trend is not merely about saving trees or using up waste. Found wood often hails from rare wood species, exhibits unique characteristics or easily lends itself to handcrafted one-of-a-kind pieces. Fresh timber cannot mimic the aura of age and history which gives such warmth to even the most modern of these designs.
Hand-strung driftwood pieces float on a freeform metal wire frame in Palecek's Driftwood wall decor piece ($398).
Made Goods' Oliver mirror juxtaposes ruggedly handsome good looks with contrasting mid-century styling panache. The design is hand-pieced in India from railroad ties dating back to the British Colonial era ($700–$1,050).
TURNING HOUSE FURNITURE
Turning House Furniture's asymmetrical Bruges buffet boasts two doors stepping down to three drawers in solid vintage pine reclaimed from derelict mills, distilleries and tobacco warehouses ($1,999).
From Four Hands' Bina Collection, the sleek Blake chair is made from exotic hardwoods gathered from demolished South American buildings ($463).
Each piece of natural driftwood is individually selected for size, shape and quality and then handcrafted into Lazy Susan's Natural Driftwood Angel Fish by Filipino craftsmen ($74).
Ibolili's oval teakwood branch bowl is handcrafted in Indonesia by local artisans ($325).
THE PHILLIPS COLLECTION
This monkey wood tree fell long ago in Thailand. The Phillips Collection converted it into a striking room divider or bookcase with three glass shelves ($7,500).
Reclaimed teak branches that were once destined to be destroyed as waste now form the body of this table lamp from Groovystuff's Antares lighting collection ($250).