Jill Fehrenbacher

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Chats with Recycled Wood Designers Scrapile

by , 10/06/12
filed under: Architecture

JILL: Back during New York Design Week in May, you guys were involved in putting on that event in Brooklyn called “A Little Green”, that featured a number of other designers from the area. Who are some of the other designers you work with? Can you recommend other designers and shops in the area that are pushing the green front?

CARLOS Actually, a lot of the other designers in that show weren’t necessarily “green”, but we managed to convince them to do green pieces for the show.

BART: Yeah, with a lot of them, we invited them to participate: either by starting with some green materials that we gave them, and doing a project specific to that show. Or some of them, we gave them green materials to plug into their formula for pieces that they have already designed. For example, Design Can made their Parcel Table out of sunflower seed composite board and bamboo plywood.

Redstr/collective started using enviroboard for that show, and they are still using it now.
They started getting into the materials that we were getting into, and now there are a lot of green materials in their line.

CARLOS. Not everyone works with wood, so its not always so easy to rethink the whole design process. A lot of materials out there, like plastics, really need to catch up.

BART: Also, with a lot of green building supplies, they exist, but they really just aren’t that readily available; that’s really the whole idea behind Bettencourt Green Building Supplies. We started the company that we wish existed when we started it, so that green materials would be available in New York to actually pick up instead of paying crazy premiums for small amounts of materials to be shipped to you.

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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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