by Ross Dulmaine @ 12:20 pm post a comment »
A 50-year-old, salvaged Redwood fence from the Pacific Northwest provided the raw materials for this rustic, handmade coffee table. Created by Sacramento-based, Sweet Redemption Design, this handsome little table is loaded with rough-hewn character.
Green reminder – utilizing upcycled and reclaimed wood in furniture construction prevents the harvesting of living trees and delivers the added bonus of decades of charm, character and aged patina.
(above) $800 from SweetRedDesign who specializes in making furniture made from upcycled and reclaimed materials.
related: more eco-friendly home decor ideas from The Alternative Consumer
Thursday, January 23, 2014
by Ross Dulmaine @ 2:11 pm 1 comment »
Treasure recovered from the wind-swept beaches of Maine… Duff Powell of Driftwood Treasures creates these handmade tables and stools from a unique raw material – ocean driftwood – recovered from the rugged coastline of Maine and its surrounding islands.
Seasoned by sea and imbued with all the character and charm the ocean can supply, this Driftwood Table and Stool set is loaded with country charm and rustic appeal. The wood is hard to find and in limited supply, so each set is OOAK.
Each table and stool set will resemble the one pictured above (though all driftwood is unique). The furniture comes lightly sanded and unfinished, but can also be finished upon request. $819
related: more eco-friendly, sustainable home furnishings previously on altCon.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
by Samantha Javier @ 2:00 pm post a comment »
The search for eco-friendly alternatives never ends, and one thing that you should consider is your bed! Since it is what we spend about one-third of our lives on, maybe even more if you’re like me and watch TV or read in bed at least a few hours a day, we should make sure to look out for the alternatives. Sleep on Green could be the answer. Sleep on Green’s mattresses are made of pure wool, organic cotton, coconut fiber, natural latex, and bamboo fiber, which are healthy alternatives to the chemical laden materials that comprise most mattresses. Some fun facts – natural latex used provides 33% more pressure relief, three times more durable, and is four times more breathable than memory foam.
Sleep on Green’s mattresses are also completely non-toxic, hypoallergenic, biodegradable, sustainable, and are built to keep the spine properly supported throughout the night. (more…)
Thursday, January 16, 2014
by Ross Dulmaine @ 2:10 pm post a comment »
I recently featured a couple of lighting fixtures made of reclaimed wood from the husband and wife home decor and furniture makers – MFEO. Whilst researching that post this series of pieces from the MFEO’s ‘Galvy’ series caught my eye. The coffee table (above), console (below) and desk (bottom) all feature multiple surfaces created from reclaimed Douglas fir barn wood supported by a structure of galvanized plumbing pipes – hence the ‘Galvy’ name.
The wood used in the pieces was recovered from the 100-year-old barn of the designer’s grandfather (nice touch). The pieces’ wooden components are finished with an eco friendly polycrylic finish and the galvanize pipes have been given a nicely aged patina. Find these pieces and more @ the weareMFEO shop.
related: more alternative design finds from The Alternative Consumer
Thursday, January 9, 2014
by Ross Dulmaine @ 1:11 pm post a comment »
Los Angeles-based MFEO specializes in creating handmade furniture and home furnishings from reclaimed and salvaged materials. The husband and wife design team’s creations are an expression of their take on sustainability and consumerism – creating designer products from existing, used and vintage components.
These sconce lamps (above – $190 for the pair) are created from reclaimed wood planks that have been affixed with industrial cage lighting fixtures.
The couple’s rustic pendant lamp (below – $245) was created from weathered pieces of Douglas fir barn wood – recycled from board edge cut-offs – that under other circumstances might end up in the waste bin.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
by Ross Dulmaine @ 8:18 am 2 comments »
Dave Smith makes his primary living raising alpacas in the mountains (mountains, really?) of Northern Alabama. On the side, Smith creates rustic wooden clocks from reclaimed barnwood he gathers from his farm land.
The clocks retain all the character and weathered patina of the original boards – including worm holes, nail heads, rust stains and whatnot. (more…)