Jill Fehrenbacher

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Chats with Recycled Wood Designers Scrapile

by , 10/06/12
filed under: Architecture

JILL: So then are you getting smaller and smaller scraps?

CARLOS: Yeah, that’s why we got the lamps, crates, and lights. Its all the smaller stuff we can make from smaller 2nd round scraps. We try to recycle everything back into the system. Its not quite 100% yet, but we’re pretty good on it. We don’t throw out much.

BART: It’ll be 100% when we can figure out what to do with the sawdust.

JILL: Could you press that into some type of board?

CARLOS: We’ve thought about ways of trying to do that. But of course that is an energy-intensive manufacturing process.

BART: It would be awesome if we could create a little machine that shops could buy; it could go with their dust collector, it could take all of their sawdust and turn it into some type of flakeboard that they could use as a building material.

JILL: That’s a great idea. You should get started working on that?

BART: Ha ha. yeah.

JILL: Did you guys start off with a mission of sustainable design, or has it just grown out of the project?

CARLOS: I think with this project in particular, our biggest concern was what’s going into landfill, in terms of these boards: formaldehydes, glues, toxins. Not to mention the waste of wood. I mean obviously we can’t absorb the entire Tri-State area and keep the landfills free of that stuff, but at least we can make other people conscious of the problem, with our project, and show that these woods can be recycled. There are a lot of great hardwoods that are being thrown out, and they can be reused, and we’ve proved it. I think people working in woodshops often get this mindset that certain smaller dimensions of wood just can’t be used, but its not true.

JILL: Were you always interested in environmentalism?

CARLOS: With my own stuff I’ve been involved in environmental concerns for a while now. I was really involved with solar power for a while, and that sort of led me into green building. But I can’t say I was always green. I mean at the time, even when I was interested in building green, a lot of materials just weren’t available, and when they were they were just so expensive it wasn’t feasible.

BART: Philosophically, environmentalism is definitely the most important thing in this for me. When I started learning about furniture design and all the materials that go into it, I just started getting really turned off by the industry standard, what was available, and particularly what was available in New York.

Carlos actually brought some “green” sample materials by the shop one day, and we immediately started researching the field. I sort of plugged him into the furniture that I was making, and we just started making a push to replace the environmentally damaging materials that were being used.

Related Posts

LEAVE A COMMENT

or your inhabitat account below

Let's make sure you're a real person:


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

  • Read Inhabitat

  • Search Categories

  • Recent Posts

  • Recent Comments

  • Browse by Keyword

get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
What are you looking for? (Solar, HVAC, etc.)
Where are you located?