You've heard of the three R's: reduce, reuse, recycle. Reworx collective believes in the ten R's: reclaim, reuse, recycle, rethink, repurpose, refresh, reinvent, refurbish, rediscover, reissue. The group of artists that make up this Connecticut collective all create furniture and housewares from discarded items.
Name/Title: Steve Garceau
Launch date: October 2012
Inspiration for opening: Inspiration was from a customer in our vintage shop who, like me, was building items from salvaged and rescued materials as a part time venture. He had no real exposure and voiced his need for a setting where he could have his items on display and send people to go see them. The traditional "antiques malls" or group shops did not seem to be a fit. After further research I found that others like us could benefit from such a place. I decided that we should form a collective and invite other like minded artisans to join us.
Merchandise source: The pieces and components that we use to create our one-of-kind pieces are found and retrieved by the artisans. The items come from factories, farms, estates and salvage yards throughout the state of Connecticut. Our artisans all have "day jobs" and are from all walks of life. We have an orthopedic surgeon, an architect, an interior decorator, an editor (fine woodworking mag) a steel fabricator, a photographer, a real estate agent, a hair stylist, a musician, a toolmaker, a fireman, a building contractor and an auto mechanic.
Best selling item: Kitchen work stations.
Your favorite item: My favorite item is the Octopus Bistro table that my friend James made from a connecting assembly he salvaged from an oil rig that was going to the scrap yard. The table is height adjustable by nature of the massive jacking screw and square nut that was part of the oil rigs lifting system.
Favorite store (other than your own): Urban Miners in Hamden, CT. Joe, the owner, works hard to rescue all of the items that go on to live a new life at the hands of creative people. Many of our artisans shop there when they just can't find that special component or material.
(Images: Ryan Maccione/Reworx Collective)
- Founded: October 2012
- Headquarters: Watertown, CT
Reworx is comprised of a collective of Artisans, all with unique skill sets working separately toward common goals. Set in a 19th Century textile mill in west central Connecticut. Reworx celebrates the unique blend of old and new craftsmanship witnessed in furnishings and objects created from discarded materials, salvaged components and found items.