"reclaimed is material re-used from its original intended usage. A beam pulled from and old warehouse or dock is ‘reclaimed’ for use in a new setting. It could be cut up, re-shaped or used in any context, but the simple act of re-using fits the “reclaimed” definition.

Salvaged products come from items that were taken/secured because of a need for them to be removed. A simple illustration would be trees removed for a highway or new building. These are then processed into new products such as lumber, siding and/or furniture. This is different from harvesting trees on a commercial basis for resale."

Treetrunk gardenhouse



Furniture made from waste tiles
by Tsuyoshi Hayashi

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Snego building blocks are made using

salvaged wood and natural dyes

18 juni 2013 waste waste 40x40 – the superlative



Studio Mama

London designer Nina Tolstrup of Studiomama has created a cabinet with hidden compartments made of reclaimed floorboards.

Re-imagine chair by Studio Mama

For Stepney Green design collection


Salvaged from near an East London studio was furniture and chairs, found by Nina Tolstrup. They were stripped back and the upholstery changed along with a coat of paint added. The resourcefulness is a key element within this project and is well displayed by the designers of the thought process.


The transformation when an already put together product is available can be a lot greater than completely designing and building a new item from lots of parts. Although building from scratch allows you to decide on shape and form, using an old piece of furniture like this allows you to have lots of freedom within a boundary of the chairs frame, this is why the designer has been able to select bright and comfortable parts which now increase the aesthetic and appeal overall.


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More than this 

Curro Claret

Salvaged material is used for chairs in Curro Claret’s ‘More than this’ collection, using a simple metal panel and large bolts the chairs are thrown together with all sorts of different waste, clothing and discarded material. Each chair is different and has its own identity and story which is an appealing element in the concept. 

STEEL chair by

Reinier de Jong


We try to emphasize design in all our projects. The raw-material is irrelevant, with virgin material it is easy, trash takes more imagination. Still, what we think is that it is all about design and how things are produced.

Beams cabinet

reclaiming products can alter the aesthetic of the new design and change the ergonomics and function for better. When familiar forms are adapted to serve a new function its attractive as you can leave the form untouched and just change the function, with the connotations, memories and aesthetic of the original product staying in place. 



Carlos Motta, 2001

Named after a surfing beach off the coast of São Paulo, Carlos Motta’s "Asturias" line has been a hit in Brazil and abroad for its sharp and rustic appeal for the last decade. By utilizing reclaimed wood and simple lines, that require minimal machine cuts, Motta designed the "Asturias" to have the least environmental impact possible. Suitable for outdoor or indoor settings, the "Asturias" has been exhibited in Milan, at the Saint-Etienne International Design Biennial and won the Planeta Casa prize in 2003 for its sustainable approach.



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