Reclaimed & Recycled: See the Trend & Get the Look

Ambiente 2012

Walking around Ambiente 2012, I noticed one of the trends that's still going strong is reclaimed decor — using recycled materials in new products — along with an overall respect for Earth's resources and inhabitants. Check out some of my favorite reclaimed products from the show and get tips on jumping on the trend.

THE TREND
• These colorful chairs from the Katran Collection by Sarthak Sahil Design Co. are made from leftover cloth that are a by-product of the cloth mills. The pieces are twisted and woven together by hand and then applied to a steel frame.

• These lamps, from Wonderable's Hallelujah Series, are made of Vietnamese printer's waste paper, using the same technique used for classic Vietnamese garlands.

• I saw a few pieces in the Bloomingville booth, all made from reclaimed hardwood, similar to this table and chairs.

• Most of House Doctor's designs have a reclaimed look. In addition to this desk in their home office line, many of House Doctor's products have that multi-color and roughly used appearance, as if the pieces were discovered and not designed.

• This metal bench from One World Interiors is made with recycled teak and a metal frame.

GET THE LOOK
• Sarah Rae showed us How To Build A Reclaimed Wood Dining Table last year. All it takes is a bit reclaimed wood (or even a door) for the top, table legs purchased from IKEA and a bit of sweat equity.

• Get some inspiration from Reclaiming the Bedroom: 5 Reclaimed Headboards and then create your own.

• If you already have all the furniture you need, Leah showed us How to Create a Reclaimed Wood Wall last week. This is a great way to bring the reclaimed look to your space without replacing your furniture.

• If you're going to take on your own reclaimed project, you will of course need the supplies. Check out this post — Red Barn Renovation: Where To Buy Reclaimed Wood — for a list of suppliers.

• Of course, reclaimed materials aren't limited to wood. Check out How To Make a (99% Recycled) Gingham Upholstered Stool for a fun DIY using an old table to create something completely different.

Images: 1, 2 & 4. Jason Loper; 3. Bloomingville; 5. One World Interiors