Recycle, restore, reuse! Refurbish, repurpose, reutilize….of all the “green” movements on the planet, RECYCLING is my favorite! Technically, “recycling” is a process to convert waste materials into new products and prevent the waste of useful materials, thus, reducing energy usage, air pollution, water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Recycling is a key component to the modern waste reduction hierarchy of “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.” When waste is pulled from an orbit, then transformed and reassigned to a new rotation, it’s been recycled.
As designers, we work the “R” words with every new project… recreate, reinvent, revise, remodel, refinish, revamp. We see hidden beauty in a tired room and assess with renovation in mind. Maybe a wall comes down or a chair is reupholstered; it’s still a reform of what is into something redesigned, and the more we can recondition what already exists, the greener we grow.
Let’s face it. Nothing is new and, as designers, “upcycling” (the new term for repurposing) benefits more than just the green movement. When we renew the elements at hand, restyling a dated arm chair or refinishing a client’s dining table to recycle into the new design, it becomes a one-of-a-kind application and an endearing personal touch for your client. Kermit the Frog said, “It’s not easy being green,” but finding a weary, old chest with “good bones” and resurrecting its past life or giving it a new identity and a second chance at being fabulous is very satisfying.
Right on cue with our green consciousness, are many of the current design trends in transitional styling, suggesting a rebirth of what was before, for example:
Embracing classic furniture silhouettes, but with new outfits on.
Repurposing…Seeing a whole new line of work for old retired elements.
Reusing what was wonderful before and still is, warts and all.
What about the reclaimed wood you ask? Well, we are happy to welcome our new source for reclaimed wood, steel and industrial elements, PLANKS USA—custom designs crafted in America!
This resourceful company was started on a bet, when the founder’s wife found a table in a retail chain and the husband bet her he could build a better one and that he did. It was bigger, better quality and customized, so beautiful that friends and family encouraged him to build more to sell. Today this clever husband and his inspired team of imaginative artists find inventive ways to marry wood and steel to become pieces of art as tables, chairs, headboards, hanging fixtures, flooring, cabinets, wall paneling, furniture veneers… OR any custom piece you may need!
These innovative and thoughtful designs create unique vintage, retro and on-trend styled interiors and enhance any room as one-of-a-kind conversation starters. Please join us to welcome PLANKS USA at our November 19th Lunch & Learn, “Step out of the Ordinary: Elevate your Space.”
Ultimately , a room becomes more and more interesting with each refurbished case good, restyled sofa, vintage rug or antique chandelier assigned to the space , creating a true, “one-of-a-kind” design and personal statement.