Brothers Dressler: Materials, Process and Purpose

We first heard about Brothers Dressler when we spotted their recycled felt-covered school chairs in the pages of New York Magazine in January, and the handcrafted furniture line (created by twin woodworkers Jason and Lars Dressler) recently showcased at IDS in Toronto. The notable thing about Brothers Dressler is their conscious effort to repurpose and upcycle salvaged objects, materials and waste streams and use only renewable resources and suppliers who share their commitment to responsible forestry practices.

A bit more about them, from their website:

It’s time to rethink our definitions of waste and value. That doesn’t mean there isn’t still space for objects that stimulate our minds and comfort our bodies. The repurposing of salvaged material into original furniture is a sensible response to problems caused by excessive consumption. As shapers of the landscape that surrounds us and the interiors we inhabit our goal is to create an atmosphere of beauty, rebirth and renewal by using material responsibly and minimizing waste. It’s our vision of the future and our hope for the role of designers, builders and artists within it.

Their numbered, limited editions series, one-of-a-kind objects and made-to-order commission work are all composed of long-lasting individual components that can be easily be disassembled into their component parts and either reused or recycled at the end of their useful lifecycles.


1 Bare Sofa: woven felt fabric (grey) and 100% recycled fabric (brown). Soy-based foam. Can be disassembled into its components for re-use or recycle.
2 Branches Crystal: Low voltage halogen lamps, salvaged hardware, Strass Swarovski crystals.
3 Back to the Drafting Board Chaise Lounge: FSC white oak, wool felt fabric, soy-based foam, drafting board hinge. Available in select fabrics with recycled content and can be customized by size and configuration. Can be disassembled into its components for re-use or recycle.
4 Meshman: Cut Ups are about reuse, infusing cast-off materials with new life. Consists of scrap solid wood (walnut, maple, pine, poplar, cherry, mahogany, cedar and elm).
5 Slab Cube Shelf: olid hemlock recovered from the 1910 ferry terminal wharf in Toronto Harbour. Also available in solid walnut, white oak, old growth pine and other species from 3/4 to 2. Cubes: FSC certified Europly birch/alder plywood.


6 Stitch Table: Two mirror halves of a farm fallen walnut tree are stitched back together and the cut ends form the legs of this custom piece.
7 Last Place: These shoe lasts were escued from a Northern Ontario fishing camp where they were dumped with a sign reading “firewood for cottagers.” One-of-a-kind benches are subject to the limited availability of their salvaged lasts.
8 Cross Table: Locally harvested walnut. Facing up to support a glass top and show off the intricacies of the joinery and live edge bark. This custom table can also be built with smooth wood.

Read More: Brothers Dressler. Contact them directly for pricing.