Eco-friendly residential wood products at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show
The 2015 Architectural Digest Home Design Show in New York City was bustling with design professionals, homeowners, and product representatives. Piers 92 and 94 were similar to a red-carpet event.
This time, New York thrust design into the limelight! Even TV personalities Jonathan and Drew Scott of HGTV’s Property Brothers were present, and offered their tips for purchasing and renovating a home.
With a vast array of furniture, furnishings, and accessories on display, I veered towards products that emphasized an environmentally friendly approach in materials extraction, distribution, design, and/or construction. More specifically, companies or individuals whose craft and corporate mission clearly breathed new life into repurposed wood.
Check out my top picks for creative and eco-friendly wooden residential products! These pieces are diverse enough for a multitude of applications- living areas, kitchen, office spaces, and more.
|Brooklyn Reclaimed brochure|
1) Brooklyn Reclaimed specializes in crafted furniture. They specifically extract discarded lumber pieces with an inherent history, allowing clients to bring home transformative timeless wood furniture. From grander pieces to small accessories and décor, Reclaimed brings an industrial carpentry finish to your home. What is more heartwarming is the pride of their preservation approach. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and Brooklyn Reclaimed plays a wonderful role in this cycle!
|Tim Urban piece|
2) Looking for a one-of-a-kind piece none of your friends or family will have? Look no further. Amongst all the big commercial corporations, I found Tim Urban, an artist and craftsman from Santa Fe, New Mexico who adopts the vernacular of his upbringing and surrounding areas. His experience in landscaping and stone-craft has led to the creation of eternalized nature set in stone. He depicts scenes of nature in stone-inlay art, reclaiming ‘old and ugly pieces of lumber’ into extraordinary furniture. Your living spaces will invite these rustic pieces that have a story to tell. The detailing is exquisite, as craftsman Tim Urban evokes the personality of each of his ‘characters’ into these works of art.
3) Stikwood’s ‘peel and stick’ solid wood planking is a simple and quick DIY interior installation! These VOC-free wood products come in manageable modules and are available in different wood finishes. It’s easy tosee how they can transform a set of walls into a warm, wooden delight. Stikwood comes in sustainable (hardwoods, including American Oak, American Ash and maple products) and reclaimed lumber. Reclaimed lumber derives from fields, barns, etc. You can order just as much as is needed, so that little of the product is wasted. Moreover, remainder trimmings and peelings can be recycled. Finishes are plant-seed based, and wood is steam treated, as opposed to chemically treated. Additionally, the product contains no VOCs.
|PTACEK planter table|
4) PTACEK Home is another locally based company. With access to their own Hudson Valley facilities, they repurpose salvaged materials. On display were their series of planter furniture. Wall planters are modular and can be arranged in different ways to create a ‘living’ green wall in any space of your home! I also spotted a beautiful rustic corten-planter seating, an industrial-vibe option for outdoor seating. PTACEK effortlessly integrates a contemporary and classic feel for each of their pieces.
|Ethan Abramson design|
5) Ethan Abramson offers a fun, playful approach to their classic pieces. Handcrafted woodwork ensures custom designs and environmentally conscious procurement and production methods collaborate to create stylish pieces that make a statement. Minimal waste, water-based stains, and all-natural finishes contribute to landfill diversion and reduces exposure to environmental toxins. Uses of different woods, such as walnut, white oak and maple, create timeless pieces.
Farah Naz Ahmad was born in New York City and holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from The City College of New York. She is a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design + Construction. Her career goal is to make an impact on the field of sustainability in design and construction. Her past roles as President of CCNY's American Institute of Architecture Students and as a team leader for the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon have increased her passion for eco-friendly design.www