Reclaimed wood furniture is usually so predictable: large upcycled beams from buildings, or slabs of driftwood turned into benches and stools. Thats why Brent Comber’s unique reclaimed wood furniture – made from bundles of small irregular pieces – is such a breathe of fresh air. We discovered the Canadian designer’s innovative, eco-friendly furniture last year at ICFF, and it was one of our favorite things at New York Design Week. This year we are excited to see Brent Comber back and better than ever, with a beautiful new line of work called “Shattered”.
The Shattered design takes randomly shaped pieces of scrap Douglas Fir wood and fits them together like puzzle pieces to create a unified whole. The chaotic-yet-organize aesthetic reminds me somewhat of Incan stone-cut masonry (where every stone block is a different shape, yet fits together perfectly). Creating order out of chaos and efficiency out of random waste is a beautiful thing – and we applaud Brent Comber for this lovely and environmentally-friendly work.