Trend-Spotting: Reclaimed Is Still the Rage

Trend-Spotting: Reclaimed Is Still the Rage

Anne Reagan
Mar 17, 2011

Much like ICFF, Highpoint and the Home and Housewares Show, The International Furniture Fair Singapore 2011 was a huge collection of furniture manufacturers and distributors. Although there were a handful of American-based companies, the majority of lines represented were from Asia and Europe and showcased some unusual materials and designs.

IFFS is geared towards the professional buyer with access limited to members of the trade. There were separate venues for hospitality designs, decorative items and local designers. Like the above mentioned shows, IFFS is a great scene for checking out up-and-coming designers and student design groups.

Overall the furniture and furnishings represented displayed a great mix of the new (super-contemporary, new materials) and old (recycled materials, traditional styles). Many of the booths featured recycled or up-cycled materials and displayed a definite trend of resourcefulness. Here's a look at just a few companies creating new designs from old materials.

One unique up-cycling manufacturer was a Bali-based company called All From Boats. Boats that are too expensive to repair and would normally be burned are sold to All From Boats who turn the wood into tables, chairs and other pieces of furniture. There is a lovely aged patina with layers upon layers of distressed and multicolored paint. Because the wood is supplied from sea-worthy vessels, the furniture is extremely strong and resistant.

Another more contemporary furniture line, also made with recycled materials, is Elmo based in Hong Kong. Elmo takes reclaimed Elm wood from homes in China and fashions them into beautifully simple pieces. The light blond-colored wood was unique and refreshing compared with the usual walnut, oak and mahogany used in the States.

Fourhands, based in Austin, Texas, had a great collection from designer Thomas Bina. Most of the pieces were produced from reclaimed exotic hardwoods and had a very simple yet beautiful design with enough patina to make it look really unique.

D-Bohdi, from Singapore, had an interesting booth filled with graffiti, recycled wood and stools made from recycled denim. I especially liked the metal and wood pieces made from old boats.

For a look at all the exhibitors at IFFS 2011 check out the IFFS website.

Images: 1-2: All From Boats; 3: Elmo; 4-5: Fourhands

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