This gorgeous ‘Tree House Tower’ was built using repurposed timber and old ship materials

August 29, 2017 by  
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When architect Jason McLennan isn’t busying working on Leonardo DiCaprio’s new eco resort off the coast of Belize, the talented designer is enjoying some amazing views from his five-story “tree house tower” on Seattle’s beautiful Bainbridge Island. The home, which was built in 1978, was constructed out of reclaimed timber and outfitted with various repurposed ship materials. The three-bedroom, four-bathroom house is located on a secluded lot surrounded by a wall of 200-foot cedar trees on one side and the Puget Sound on the other. The home was built in 1978 by an unknown architect, who used salvaged wooden posts – which reportedly date back more than 100 years – in the construction. Related: Delightful treehouse residence weaves through a forest in Thailand The bohemian-inspired interior, which is well-lit by an abundance of large windows and skylights, is filled with repurposed trinkets taken from an old ship. Many of the windows were made out of old portholes and the home’s various brass doorknobs were repurposed from an old sailing boat. McLennan’s architectural studio is on the top floor where he has used the lush natural setting of the island as inspiration for his building designs, “It’s just nature’s paradise,” he said. “Everything is nestled in the trees, so the trees are intact and the ecosystem is intact. You do feel like you’re in a special place when you’re there.” Although the interior of the house is undeniably incredible, the outdoor space is definitely the heart of the home. Perennial gardens surround the outdoor areas, which include a massive outdoor chimney, covered dining area and lounge, Koi pond, fruit orchard, and even a basketball court. Of course, there are plenty of secluded nooks located on the grounds for solitude amongst the beautiful lush foliage. + Jason McLennan Via Dwell Photography by Eric Hecht  

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Stickbulb’s new Boom LED lamp is made of reclaimed wood from NYC water tanks

April 6, 2017 by  
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Almost five years have passed since New York-based design firm Rux Design unveiled their revolutionary StickBulb lighting system , which was inspired by destroyed buildings. Now, the innovative designers are back with a new, bolder LED lamp called Boom that’s made out of reclaimed Redwood from dismantled NYC water tanks. Rux’s new Boom lamps were officially unveiled this week at the Milan Furniture Fair . The series follows up on the designer’s quest to repurpose materials from architectural destruction. Boom is made of reclaimed wood taken from dismantled NYC water tanks. Years of exposure to the harsh NYC climate on one side and water on the other has given the wood a rich, unique coloring. Related: 15 brilliant green lamps for a brighter future The reclaimed wood pieces are shaped to fit linear LED bulbs that are then connected to an elegant brass core. The lighted sticks shoot out at different lengths and emit light from different directions, creating a sense of “exploding light.” According to Stickbulb Co-Founder and RUX Founder Russell Greenberg, the team’s lighting systems take a revolutionary approach to green design : “Our fixtures are literally born from the destruction of architecture. We celebrate this energy and history in the form and function of our designs.” Boom debuted in a temporary exhibit at Archiproducts Milano on April 4th during Milan Design Week . + Stickbulb + Rux Design

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Lumberjill hacks stylish bench out of a felled tree trunk

December 30, 2016 by  
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When the designers from Practice of Everyday Design were looking for a unique seating option for a client, they threw out the conventional design process and turned to a professional lumberjill to carve out seats on a reclaimed felled log . Hacked out of pure brute strength and surgical precision, the deep notches on the log were then covered in beautiful red upholstery hand-sewn by a local motorcycle seat maker. Now that’s what we call true artisanal furniture. The bench was a one-off concept piece that the designers had in mind for a specific client. Without relying on drawings or measurements, designers David Long & Antoine Morris came up with an abstract idea to turn a simple log into a physical and functional sculpture . Related: Hilla Shamia casts tree trunks in aluminium to create dramatic furniture They began their material search by contacting the City of Toronto to find out the best places to find local felled wood . After checking out the options at the various tree graveyards and tree nurseries, the team went with a rough log that matched the general dimensions they were looking for. Enter the professional lumberjill, who, working on little-to-no specifics, instinctively used her axe (at competition speed, no less) to strip off the tree bark and hack out three seating spaces. The carved spaces were then covered with a hand-sewn upholstery by a local motorcycle saddle maker, essentially creating a truly one-of-a-kind, reclaimed wooden bench . + Practice of Everyday Design Via Yanko Design

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Charming Saigon House tells the story of old Saigon through antiques and reclaimed furniture

December 21, 2015 by  
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Homespun Design is the Perfect Place for Local, Sustainable Furniture

December 1, 2014 by  
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It can be difficult these days to find gorgeous furniture that is made in the US using sustainable materials. But Homespun Design is a one-stop shop for all that and more. Most pieces are made in small shops with 10 or fewer employees and the components come from local, sustainable forests or from reclaimed wood. You can even check on the Homespun Design website to see the individual artisans crafting each piece. They’re the perfect stop for anyone in the market for great furniture. + Homespun Design The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to  see  your  story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following  this link . Remember to follow our  instructions  carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , “sustainable furniture” , Homespun Design , Homespun Design Furniture , Local furniture , made in the usa , reclaimed furniture , sustainable chairs , sustainable decor , sustainable home , sustainable living , sustainable table , sustainably made furniture , US made

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Bien Hecho to Bring Elegant Reclaimed Furniture to BKLYN Designs 2013

April 21, 2013 by  
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We’re gearing up for  BKLYN Designs 2013 , which kicks off in DUMBO on May 10, and one the designers we’re most excited to check out is woodworking studio Bien Hecho , which was founded by John Randall in 2006. The Brooklyn-based studio produces gorgeous and understated furniture using reclaimed materials. Bien Hecho bridges past and present with contemporary designs made with quality wood such as cedar and pine harvested from  water towers  and other sources. So save your pennies and head out to BKLYN Designs next month to check their latest work. READ MORE >   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , Bien Hecho , Bien Hecho furniture , Bien Hecho tables , BKLYN Designs , BKLYN Designs 2013 , Brooklyn , interior design , John Randall , NYC , reclaimed furniture , reclaimed table , reclaimed wood        

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Jacobo Jorgensen’s Quirky Furnishings are Made Entirely From Reclaimed Wood

July 2, 2012 by  
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Designer Jacobo Jorgensen transforms reclaimed wood into architecture-inspired pieces of furniture. Jorgensen mixes interesting colors and styles to create a wide range of quirky modern furnishings – including tables, cabinets, and dressers. The pieces are brilliant examples of how reclaimed wood can be given a second life, and each one is unique. Jacobo Jorgensen + Jacobo Jorgensen Images courtesy of Jacobo Jorgensen Via Dudecraft Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , eco design , Jacobo Jorgensen , reclaimed furniture , repurpoesed wood , reused wood , sustainable design

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Look at the Size of That Thing: Incredibly Detailed Death Star Made From a Ping-Pong Ball!

July 2, 2012 by  
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A Japanese artist has created an incredibly detailed replica of the Death Star (Mark II) from Return of the Jedi using little more than a ping-pong ball! The anonymous artist posted images of the project on his website  to show just how much work went into creating this “fully armed and operational battle station”. Just kidding – it’s not armed at all. Read the rest of Look at the Size of That Thing: Incredibly Detailed Death Star Made From a Ping-Pong Ball! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: death star model , Death-star , Japanese , look at the size of that thing , ping pong ball , return of the jedi , star wars

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