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

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