We came across this UK-based company while searching for sturdy work tables that also met our standards for being sustainably created pieces of eco-friendly furniture. We were thrilled by their designs, as well as the beautiful British Ash wood that they use to created them.
The ash is responsibly sourced, and each of the work tables is expertly handcrafted at their factory, which is housed in a tin tabernacle in Devon.
According the the team at Feist Forest, the tables and the colors they’ve chosen “reflect the wooden Ash stem and black buds seen in winter.”
A company in Chicago called Reclaimed Table is creating some beautiful pieces, all using reclaimed and FSC certified wood. They even were sure to use low-VOC finishes and formaldehyde-free Baltic birch plywood. As a nod to a more sustainable history of furniture making, they have even tried to go old-school with the way they make furniture, using equipment like a wood planer from the Smithsonian.
Subfloor hickory and wood reclaimed from an abandoned school gym, paneling from a Kentucky farm, tables made from the barnwood and other sources of reclaimed materials make up the bulk of their furniture pieces.
This gorgeous and beautifully conceived dining table is from the mind of designer Christopher Duffy and is one of the most unique tables we’ve ever seen at Furniture Home Design. Is it eco-friendly? Yes. The table is created from high grade wood from Forest Stewardship Council managed forests and other controlled sources. The Abyss table represents abstracted geological sections of the ocean and the land in topography form.
Is it expensive? You’d better believe it. The cost of the Abyss Dining Table will set you back around $40,000 USD.
Designer Christopher Duffy said this about his incredible table: “I was looking into sheets of thick glass at my glass manufacturer’s factory, and noticed how the material darkened as they added more layers – the same way the sea does as it deepens. I wanted to use this effect to replicate a real piece of the earth’s sea bed. Like a mythical power had lifted a perfect rectangle straight from the earth’s crust to use as his personal ornament.”
There’s a limited edition of 25 available through the designer’s website, so if you have some (a lot) spare cash lying around and want the most conversation-starting dining room experience ever, make your move as soon as possible.
There’s just something so magical about being at your lakehouse or summer cottage and relaxing on the sofa in front of a big roaring fire in the evening. Designers who help create the most rustic design aesthetics for log homes and hunting lodges will tell you that one of the most important pieces of furniture you can buy to get this look in your cabin or cottage is a sofa.
Picking the perfect sofa or couch for your getaway home is the key to the creation of that feeling of pure country luxury and comfort. There are some very commonly used design components that show up a lot when we start looking at sofas that meet this aesthetic. Rough-hewn logs make up the structure of some of these rustic sofas, as well as dark brown leathers and intricate patterns of wool for materials. Have a look at some of the different styles available, and consider how many people you’ll have as guests, and how easy you want the care and cleaning to be.
This modern rustic sofa, created by Riva of Italy, uses reclaimed and recycled timbers from Venetian lagoons to create clean lines with extremely comfortable seating, perfect for the lodge look.
High Country Sofa
This is a great cottage sofa for a very reasonable price. Features mossy forest green chenille and durable leather look micro-suede. We love the authentically country pattern on the couch cushions.
Rustic Outlaw Sofa
Nothing says country luxury like the well-worn comfort and easy elegance of a distressed leather rustic sofa. This sophisticated sofa combines country ease with rich dark brown leather to create the perfect living room centerpiece for your cottage or lakehouse retreat.
Black Forest Berea Hickory Sofa
Soft, luxurious sofa pillows resting on beautiful, natural logs makes for the ultimate in cabin or hunting lodge aesthetics for the living room of your recreational home. This log built rustic sofa is made from hickory logs and features plush cushions you can sink into. Made from hickory grown in American forests.
Every year, Pantone – the color experts – release a statement revealing the upcoming year’s official color. This year, they’ve announced two. Serenity, which is a soft light blue, and Rose Quartz, a very gentle and warm pink. Pantone picks this yearly color based on what they think will be a relevant choice for the upcoming year’s trends in fashion, home décor and multiple design disciplines.
In their annual press release today, Pantone’s Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Institute, explained their decision this year to include both colors.
“In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design,”
“This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumers’ increased comfort with using color as a form of expression which includes a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged, and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.”
The 2015 color of the year was Marsala, an deep and sultry red.
We recently came across several articles on different design blogs all coveting the same thing – Japanese Kotatsu heated table beds, which are, exactly what they sound like. Perfect little pods of warm coziness that anyone would want as a central piece in their tv room or den. How do they work? Imagine a sectional sofa, with a center table, set up with a super comfortable blanket over top, with a heater installed beneath the table to warm the space created in the tent blanket. That’s basically how it works. The entire concept dates back to the 14th century, when the first Kotatsu arrangements started to appear in Japanese homes.
Check out these awesome pictures of the Kotatsu in action!
This super cool recycled test tube chandelier is one of the coolest lighting fixtures we’ve seen in a long time so we wanted to feature it for you to see!
Obviously, the main feature of the of this light fixture are the 60 test tubes that you can get creative with, as in the main picture, where the users have filled the tubes with water dyed with different colors of food coloring. You can imagine the wide range of options you could come up with to suit your decor.
Another idea which you can see below is to fill the test tubes with flowers, which creates a gorgeously organic looking lit centerpiece for your room.
The tubes are set in two plywood bands, making for a classic chandelier shape that is similar to some Art Deco lighting styles from the 1950s. The lamp designers were inspired by the Polish scientist, Maria Sklodowska-Curie, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
The test tubes are easily taken off and rearranged or cleaned, which opens up a plethora of design options for the discerning homeowner.
Based in Poland and started by Sara Podwysocka and Maria Ostrowska, Reshtki is a design studio that prides itself on creating beautifully designed, eco-friendly furniture from discarded materials . Using things like old traction poles, wood fragments, and used PCV pipe, the designers created innovative tables and seating solutions.
According to their website, they “are particularly interested in working in public spaces – interfering it, reading it needs and changing. In 2013 we have built first in Poland recycled playground „O-O Pony” – all made of tyres and euro-pallets.”
Check out these pieces that were created for a neighbourhood park in Gdańsk.
To help his son transition from a crib to a big boy bed, this father went the extra mile and then some! Eric Strong spent a few hundred dollars and a couple of afternoons to create this amazing loft bed/secret clubhouse/bookshelf/slide for his young son. He even made a super handy video that explains exactly what you’ll need to replicate this for your own child!!
To start, you’ll need to head over to IKEA and buy:
2 Kura bed
Trofast storage system
Besta shelving unit
Here’s the video. Don’t be intimidated to try this out! According to Strong, “”You don’t need any special expertise. Just lots of patience. And it’s worth it.”
We saw this piece recently while searching for innovative pieces created using old railroad ties, and had to share it with you. Not only is it absolutely gorgeous in the most industrial way, it’s using reclaimed wood and materials, which we love over here.
How about some history? The company that produces these table is called Railyard Studios, and they are committed to functional, beautiful design using, you guessed it, railyard materials. For this amazing table tennis set, they have used side rails which came from the Tennessee Coal & Iron Company, and were produced in 1904.
The hefty base of the ping pong table is made from gorgeous oak and hickory timbers, which came from the very same plant that those rails came from. The table has received a very cool finishing touch with an actual railroad date nail from 1921. Naturally, your ping pong table will come with all the ping pong trimmings, including net, paddles and ping pong balls.