Inhabitat favorites Jason Horvath and Bill Hilgendorf of Uhuru Design recently teamed up with Daniel Husserl's new design studio Aellon to launch an elegant line of green furniture made exclusively from reclaimed wood. Aellon's inaugural 'Grace' line is named after a disused fishing boat the team discovered that had run aground during a monsoon in Japara, which is in Central Java, Indonesia. After salvaging the boat Aellon worked with Horvath and Hilgendorf to create a set of 20 'New American-style' designs, giving the reclaimed material a second life. We were lucky enough to get a preview of the stunning pieces, which are simple and functional yet share an unusual history - click ahead to take a peek!
After finding out that the 61-foot Indonesian fishing boat was made from a now-threatened wood species and was about to become firewood, Aellon bought it from its owners and set to work salvaging materials. They worked with Uhuru to designed a series of high-end furnishings that incorporate solid wood, steel and traditional joinery techniques. The team is working with local craftsmen to produce the designs in Indonesia, which will enable them to make beautiful eco-friendly furniture available at a much lower price point than custom/one-off designer pieces.
Aellon is already seeking out other disused boats for future lines of furniture. They are currently working with non-profits Trees4Trees and the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) to source salvaged wood and other sustainable materials, so hopefully their next project will be just around the corner.