This isn't the first time we've mentioned the work of Austin's two dumpster diving designers behind the furniture company Ref-use. They're known for their environmentally-friendly practices, and now they've got lots of new designs to choose from when looking for the perfect eco-friendly furniture piece.
Adam Edwards and Nicholas Petersen of Ref-use have an interesting way of creating good-looking furniture items. By reclaiming the scraps used by cabinet and woodworking shops (an often laborious and dirty task), they're able to create chairs, benches, tables and even a flooring product from material that was once "destined for a landfill." Their smart and eco-friendly take on making furniture doesn't just stop with their unique way of getting the scrap material; Edwards and Petersen also make sure all the finishes on their products are non-toxic, formaldehyde-free, and low VOC.
Their first attempts at furniture making yielded the popular (and surprisingly comfortable) Stout Chair, which then led to a more streamlined Light Chair. Now, their furniture catalogue consists of the Stout Bench, wall shelves and coffee, end and console tables in a variety of sizes. They even occasionally tackle custom and larger projects, like a reception desk. We personally like the original finish of the scrap wood, which is a gorgeous, striated medley of wood tones (as seen on the Stout and Light Chairs), but you can now also choose a more uniformed look and get their furniture pieces in one of their "Dirty" stains.
Prices on the pieces vary (but are darn reasonable for handmade, locally-produced furniture), and if you're in Austin you can find Ref-use furniture at IF+D, Eco-Wise, Wildflower Organics, Urban Living or try them out for a spell at Austin's 24 Diner. Check out Zelen Home for Ref-use pieces if you're in Los Angeles.
What do you think about dumpster diving for wood scraps to make furniture? Have you seen these pieces in person? Let us know!