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Scientifically Modified Patio Furniture Won’t Shrink Or Swell [NY Design Week 2012] As part of PSFK’s ongoing coverage of NY Design Week, we attended the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York City this past weekend.

Scientifically Modified Patio Furniture Won’t Shrink Or Swell [NY Design Week 2012]

As a premier showcase for contemporary design, the ICFF annually lures in the top designers from all over the world, this year hosting over 500 exhibitions from 34 countries. One exhibit PSFK visited is Perennial Wood, a company that has developed a new type of wood that is resistant to the elements. Perennial Wood uses their patented TruLast technology to sustainably transform wood through an acetylation process, using organic compounds, heat and pressure at the molecular level to create modified wood that is three times more resistant to shrinking and swelling than unmodified wood, and 25% stronger.

Each piece comes with a warranty of 25 years and is intended to support an array of uses, from outdoor furniture to docks. Perennial Wood is made and manufactured by Kingsport, Tennessee-based Eastman Chemical Company. Lampshade OTRA on the Behance Network. Het StapelKabinet on the Behance Network. “Van hetgeen aanwezig is iets nieuws maken zonder het eerst af te breken tot niets”; dat is het concept voor een nieuwe kasten serie, die Stu… Read More “Van hetgeen aanwezig is iets nieuws maken zonder het eerst af te breken tot niets”; dat is het concept voor een nieuwe kasten serie, die Studio Yip samen met Janne Vereijken van Culture&Business heeft ontwikkeld; het Stapelkabinet.

Het StapelKabinet on the Behance Network

. - Kringloop meubels zijn perfecte grondstof voor nieuwe ontwerpen - Juist de meubels die onder de noemer ‘kringloop’ vallen vertellen de meeslepende, grappige of ontroerende geschiedenissen van de mensen om ons heen, die naast ons wonen, die we op straat zien lopen en tegen komen bij de supermarkt om de hoek. Perfecte grondstof om ‘nieuwe‘ kasten mee te maken! INSPIRE / NEWS & ARTICLES. Piet Hein Eek has been turning scraps of wood into distinctive designer furniture since long before the sustainability of materials became the zeitgeist it is today.


It was for his graduation project at the Design Academy Eindhoven in 1990 that he first used scraps of wood for his Scrapwood series of cabinets. Since then, the Dutch designer has established himself as one of the foremost green furniture designers in Europe. Instead of form follows function, Eek’s process is driven by forms follows material. The materials are central to all of Eek’s creations, which give a new life to different types of wood. Eek believes that it is the duty of every designer to think about materials and engage with them in a responsible way. While the green-loving “reduce, reuse, recycle” ethos has always been a priority for Eek, he explains that his production process is slightly more nuanced than that. It is at this intersection that designers are able to make a difference, Eek believes. Salvaged & Refined: Modern Warehouse Furniture By Fin Art Co.

© Fin Art Co.

Salvaged & Refined: Modern Warehouse Furniture By Fin Art Co.

I'm usually not a big fan of industrial-style furniture; it's a tad too cold and lacking in the softer human touch, but this stylish collection by Denver, Colorado's Fin Art Co., made with salvaged warehouse wood and metal, combines the best of old-school industrial scrap with exquisite craftsmanship. According to 3rings, design school buddies Rob McGowan and Ben Olson decided to start Fin Art Co. after realizing that the modern furniture they liked was too pricey. Instead, they found a happy -- and more sustainable -- middle ground by pairing salvaged wood and metal from warehouses and mines, with modern materials like lacquered MDF. The result is a refreshing but grounded aesthetic that is quite refined.

Take this gorgeous credenza, made from salvaged wood slabs, recycled pallet steel legs, white lacquered MDF and bar key pull tabs. © Fin Art Co. Then there is this dining table, which is one-of-a-kind, since the recycled wood dates back to the 1800's: BRETT WAGNER_green tech layout. Emo Design. 21 ways of turning pallets into unique pieces of furniture. Anja-verdonk-snipperlamp.jpg 600×426 pixels. Studio Hergebruik. Jan de Haas op linkedinIn 2005 startte Jan de Haas Studio Hergebruik in een leegstaande winkelruimte aan de Coolsingel in Rotterdam.

Studio Hergebruik

Het spontane initiatief groeide uit tot een atelier voor experimenten, ontmoetingsplaats en kenniscentrum met recycle design als verbindend thema. In 2011 werden winkel en werkplaats gesloten omdat het pand aan de Coolsingel tegen de vlakte moest. Opgebouwde kennis en netwerk zijn niet verloren gegaan. Studio Hergebruik fungeert nu als een virtueel, inspirerend kruispunt waarop duurzaamheid, fantasie, design en transitie elkaar treffen.Jan de Haas geeft ondermeer college aan de Willem de Kooning Academie.

Op projectbasis wordt hij betrokken bij de opzet van educatieve projecten, als co-curator van tentoonstellingen, als marketing consultant.Op deze website blijft hij bloggen over reuse en design. Studio Hergebruik.