In recent years global warming has lent a hand in increasing the population of the Mountain Pine Beetle, which has been wreaking havoc on acres of woodland area, giving way to a surplus of diseased, buckling, blue-stained pine wood. Seeking an inspired use for this damaged wood, Straight Line Designs has been working on a series of furniture that highlights the unique beauty of this otherwise wasted material. From tables to walls to benches – here’s more proof that with a little ingenuity, you can turn even the most unsightly material into something splendid!
Straight Line Designs starts by gathering felled wood found in British Columbia’s forests and splitting them into 2x4s, which then undergo a series of tumbling, scuffing and finishing it to create a variety of textures and looks. Once the ideal aesthetic is achieved, the re-birthed material can go into plinths, walls, tables, and cabinets. Recently, the studio even outfitted an interior office space, using the wood for gorgeous accent furniture, a reception desk, a bar table and the base of a living wall. We can’t wait to see what they create with it next!