We adore any project that salvages, recycles, upcycles, or repurposes old materials into new projects. Whether it’s for building materials, green interiors, or fashion, we’ve got a spot in our heart for reclaimed materials. Palmisano’s recently released book brings a new light to the act of reclamation, treating it with just as much reverence as any other design strategy. Sure, salvaging and reclaiming takes a bit more time and patience, but the end result is always one that is unique and also way more environmentally friendly.
Salvage Secrets compiles a portfolio of design concepts along with a ton of resources if you’re on the hunt for specialty items. Palmisano offers up suggestions for how to hunt for materials, what to look for when you find them, and then how to incorporate them into your home or space. She covers different materials in each chapter – first wood, then glass, metal, stone and ceramics, lighting and other aspects of salvaging as a design theory. The pictures alone are inspiration enough.
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