Reclaiming Design, Recalimed Design, Design Reclaimed, Recycled Design, Green Design, Haute Green Inhabitat Presents, Tejo Remy, Sam Grawe, Carlos Salgado, Bart Bettencourt

In coordination with this year’s HauteGreen exhibition during New York Design Week, Inhabitat will be hosting a star-studded panel discussion surrounding the topic of using reclaimed materials in design. So mark your calendars for RECLAIMING DESIGN Sunday, May 20th at 5pm EST!

The Reclaiming Design panel will include Dutch design rock-star and Droog cohort Tejo Remy, Brooklyn-based eco-conscious designer Matt Gagnon, Carlos Salgado of Scrapile, and last but not least, Editor-In-Chief of Dwell Magazine Sam Grawe. AND, stay tuned for upcoming info on a possible appearance by British star designer Tom Dixon. And to top it all off, Inhabitat’s own Jill Fehrenbacher and Emily Pilloton will moderate the discussion. The panel will take a critical look at design processes and the application and implications of reclaimed materials.

Seating is limited and we are trying to get a head count, so if you are interested in attending, PLEASE RSVP TO ReclaimingDesign (at) gmail (dot) com.

WHEN: Sunday MAY 20th 5pm

WHERE: HAUTEGREEN exhibition at gallery in NYC’s Union Square: 33 West 19th St, between 5th & 6th ave

WHAT: Reclaiming Design will be a four person panel discussion on the subject of recycling & reclamation in design. Each speaker will give a short presentation of their work, followed by moderated audience Q&A.

Sam Grawe, Editor-in-Chief of Dwell Magazine
Tejo Remy, Furniture Designer, Droog
Carlos Salgado, Furniture Designer, Scrapile
Matt Gagnon, Architect & Furniture Designer


Recycling in design is not simply about environmentalism, efficiency or making crafts from old junk. Sustainability, economy and efficiency are some of the positive implications that go hand in hand with using recycled/reappropriated materials in design, yet the social and cultural implications of reusing familiar old materials in the context of art elicit deeper investigation. Since the Dada movement of the early 20th Century, artists and designers have reappropriated “found objects” as a way of commenting on consumer culture, industrial production and the meaning of art. Recycling as a design strategy is often associated with environmentalism, yet it is clearly is more complex than just a just a desire to tread lightly on the planet. Reclaiming Design will investigate the different reasons and ways that designers use reclaimed materials in their work and the different cultural implications that these varying strategies invoke.

Seating is limited and we are trying to get a head count, so if you are interested in attending, PLEASE RSVP TO ReclaimingDesign (at) gmail (dot) com.

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  1. cat June 14, 2007 at 5:36 am

    What an amazing chair! Inspired to make one of my own so I don’t have to throw away all my old clothes that I can’t decide if I want anymore or not. All Tejo Remy’s designs look amazing

  2. Kate May 15, 2007 at 10:45 am

    Tejo Remy is awesome and this event looks amazing! I wish I could be in New York to attend. You guys should make sure to record it for those of us who can’t be there.

  3. david May 9, 2007 at 4:01 pm

    i’m all about reclaiming— just getting started with my business/ portfolio, but if i can push any interest around regarding this subject i wish to do so- i also wish i could jet to ny to chat with ya all. ah well, i’m off in the mountains, i should stay happily fine with it seeing as the weather is turning so very nice for as all (both coasts eh?).

  4. Hun Boon May 4, 2007 at 2:20 am

    “Recycling” in this case, is about looking at old things in a new light, with new eyes, and from a different perspective.

    I love how “Chest of Drawers” have been so literally interpreted here. Makes you stop short and think again.

  5. Ant Gray May 3, 2007 at 12:56 pm

    Tejo Remy is a legend!

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