12 X 12 is organised by Sawkill Lumber Co. to advocate for the reclamation of large dimensional wood from New York demolition sites. Twelve contemporary furniture designers, using the reclaimed wood of twelve demolished New York buildings, came up with the eventual collection of twelve furniture pieces. Waste no lumber, want no memories.
As the new generations become more sensitive about our planet’s fragility and excited about recycling, upcycling and reclaiming, the need of combining quality to innovative design becomes essential if we want to keep such public invested.
UK company Re-Worked turns rubbish into recycled products in an effort to reduce carbon emissions. Their latest effort is Çurface, a range of furniture (including coffee tables, appropriately enough) made from a mixture of used coffee grounds and polystyrene. The pieces can be ordered through their website and apparently they may smell like coffee grounds for the first few weeks. Sounds like a caffeine addict’s dream.
Same same, but different! In the 1940s, American manufacturing company Emeco brought the world a design legend in their virtually indestructible aluminum Navy chairs. While the originals were once just standard décor on US Naval destroyers and submarines, the new millennium incarnations are now in demand for furbishing more chic establishments on dry land.
Old clothes tend to either end up in the charity bin, or in a box at the back of the closet. Artist Tobias Juretzek has been getting resourceful, compressing worn out clothes and turning them into furniture.