We use a lot of wood in our buildings. It’s a key component of the construction process, and once the home is built, it becomes a key element of home décor and furnishing. All this wood working produces a lot of waste–scraps, boards and other pieces of lumber that wind up in the trash. But these daysdesigners are getting creative with waste wood.
Take Petter Thorne and Anders Johnsson, for instance. They’re a pair of Swedish green technology designers who have created several stunning collections out of waste wood. Their “Mold” chair, made of scraps of waste wood veneer, received international attention before they even graduated from Konstfack University in 2009. Since then they’ve expanded their creations to include the eye-catching “Keep,” a beautiful, functional table assembled entirely out of salvaged waste material. No glue at all is used in the construction. Instead, wood scraps are held together with tight bindings.
A blog about waste wood furniture wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Why Waste Wood?, a green technology company based out of Indonesia. They get their waste wood from fallen trees, old homes and boats, and collect scrap wood from factories. As they state on their website, not much waste wood is able to be recycled with green technology. “WWW? is born out of the thought that leaving unproductive waste wood to decompose will release the same amount of carbon as in disposal burning chambers.”
Some pieces are repainted, while others are simply sanded down to let the natural beauty of the waste wood show through. The result is a collection of gorgeous, antique-looking shelves, benches and other green technology home furnishings. They even make window treatments and picture frames.
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