Jill Fehrenbacher

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Chats with Recycled Wood Designers Scrapile

by , 10/06/12
filed under: Architecture

JILL: Did you ever have any other designs apart from the striated design which has become your trademark? I mean, did you experiment with different looks, or did you hit upon that design immediately?

BART: Well, we had one other project with scrap laminates and veneers that actually went over well.

CARLOS: It was really colorful, more like a mosaic. We made about 10 of those and we sold them all. They had a similar feel of mix-and-match with clean lines, but the project that we currently have out there in the market somehow seemed like a more significant project that we could really expand upon.

JILL: So you pick up scraps from other building companies, but you also mill wood yourself in the shop, don’t you?

BART: Yeah, the other thing we have going on in the shop is an eco-friendly, green building supplies company, which we started a little over a year ago. We wholesale and distribute bamboo plywood, wheat board, other agricultural byproducts, composite boards, green finishes.

JILL: So how much of the scraps come from Bettencourt Green Building Supplies, and how much comes from other building companies?

CARLOS: I’d say its about 50-50.

BART: But sometimes when we go and do pickups, that number goes down to 10%. I guess it really depends. It fluctuates a lot week to week. A good example is Steinway (the piano manufacturing company) out in Astoria. It’s amazing the amount of awesome material that they get rid of. Sometimes we go and they have nothing for us; other times we show up and they have more scrap than can even fit into our van. We end up driving back to Brooklyn with the back of our van dragging in the dirt.

CARLOS: We picked up ten baby grand piano tops once. Unfortunately that stuff is absolutely useless to them.

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9 Comments

  1. RamonSales January 13, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Nice post. I\’m also a carpenter and craftsman. Visit my blog to see some furnitures made in recycled wood.Thanks
    http://modelandomadera.blogspot.com/

  2. ScribeMedia » Rec... July 5, 2007 at 11:04 am

    [...] design and insightful discussion from Dwell Editor-in-Chief Sam Grawe and designers Carlos Salgado of Scrapile, Tejo Remy of Droog fame, and Matt Gagnon. The conversation touched on a variety of issues [...]

  3. pinnar July 4, 2007 at 4:40 am

    hi we love your crative design.our company is in turkey(istanbul) we wait for come for meet you.:) u can look our web site for work.

  4. Inhabitat » COPYC... May 14, 2007 at 1:57 pm

    [...] design company creating furniture which bears much more than a passing resemblance to our friends Scrapile. While plenty of designers, including Uhuru and Brave Space, use scrap wood in their designs, [...]

  5. Inhabitat » BKLYN... May 14, 2007 at 11:41 am

    [...] Does this look at all familiar? We were a little shocked to see another Brooklyn based design company which seemed to be so blatantly trying to knock-off Scrapile. More on this to come…. [...]

  6. lee January 10, 2006 at 6:30 pm

    i love them where did you get so maney diff. colors?
    i finished in ankara inds.design and i work same paten but with stones anyway geat job good luck

  7. Jennifer Farrington November 19, 2005 at 6:01 pm

    We would love to be considered for your site! piece lily products are one of a kind and handmade from recycled or reclaimed fabrics. Our offerings include unique handbags, scarves, and pillows. The materials are literally pieced together to utilize even the smallest scraps of fabric, making each item quirky and unexpected. Thanks for your consideration!

  8. Julie October 3, 2005 at 9:37 pm

    Beautiful stuff. I love seeing green and sustainable projects on here. I wonder if they go after construction waste, too. That’d probably be a different line entirely, but could make for some lovely stuff with a rougher look.

  9. Nicholas Reback September 29, 2005 at 1:40 pm

    I’m looking at your ‘Green’ Furniture designs made of assorted laminated woods. I notice you have chosen to laminated various plywood and chipboard with all kinds of hardwood. Having acquired this stuff by way of scrap piles, every piece of your wood will have a varying moisture content and therefore expand and contract differently from each peice adjacent to it. Especially in the case of plywood, which is extremely stable, and the hardwoods (while being only a section of a tree, are very much alive). How are you accounting for this material expansion in your designs? Do you let it aclimate? Are you kiln-drying each peice to the same moisture content?
    -Nick

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