March 20, 2012

a table for coffee

Another sunny day on the roof
{and the realization that every new piece becomes my favorite}.











































Mostly, I took these photographs here for lack of a better place to shoot, but this table up on the roof with city in the background became so ultimately Brooklyn that I rather love the continuation of the story. These tables are made from the wood that people here have ripped from their houses, torn from these buildings, and here it is, that wood which was discarded as useless just the other day is now turned into this.

I always feel like a crazy person every time I'm caught red handed hauling old wood to or from my car. I know darn well that I'm only one in a hundred of us splinter-crazed-Brooklynites who dumpster dive, yet sometimes, I just wish I could have a cloak of invisibility to aid me in my self-embarrassment, so I could be left at peace, with no on-lookers, no judgers, no gawkers, no people dubiously asking me questions or telling me to be careful of rusty nails or splinters {you think?}. Maybe then with no one around to give me odd stares I could finally feel that what I'm doing is not, entirely, off-the-charts-insane. It is insanity, yeah I know that. But it's justified insanity. At least, once you see the finished product it is. Up until that moment though, I just look like a dusty pack-rat of the oddest sort.

Oh well! The wood speaks for itself, and is rather more confident than I. It says I deserve to be a coffee table goddammit, and not rotting in the landfill! What smart wood it is. What smart wood.


21 comments:

  1. I love this one Ariele. Experienced materials make the best new/old things!

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  2. really like the pattern in this one. not quite traditional chevron, but combines chevron and stripes in a really interesting way.

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  3. I just stumbled upon your blog, and think it is wonderful. Your furniture work is absolutely beautiful. I love how you repurpose and reuse the wood and the intricate patterns you use in your designs. Just beautiful!

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  4. AA - Give all those gawkers your business card so they can see how truly cool you are. Julie

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  5. As far as I'm concerned, you can never have too many favorite tables. Especially when they are all ridiculously cool!

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  6. Everytime I see your beautiful furniture, I think I should try building something myself.
    I love your work. And I think it's great that you work with found materials!

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  7. I've been following your blog for many many moons now, just wanted to say how Super Rad your skillz are. Also, I'm so jealous of your long, shapely fingers! I call 'em "Egon Schiele" fingers.

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    1. Hah! Why thank you Elizabeth! I do love good ol' Egon so that's quite a fine compliment :)

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  8. I totally know how you feel, because I get "that kind" of look every time I find something in the dumpster I really treasure...All I want to say is just keep on doing what you do rescuing old discarded wood and making art work out of it. There's something deeply noble in it, not to mention how amazing it looks, it's a pure joy to see it and read about it!

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  9. I dig the idea of giving your business card to gawkers.

    what I find insane is getting in a car, driving in a traffic to ikea, buying a coffee table made from glued woodchips, driving home with the same traffic, looking for a parking space for half an hour, building the coffee table, putting a glass of water on it and seeing that the plastic-y cover is already chipping of. but look at those people's faces, they are proudly ignorant and you should definitely feel better.

    keep up the good work!

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  10. you should get yourself a carhartt overall thing with WOOD SALVAGE BABE written on the bag in big pink sequinned letters. or, if you want to avoid the pornographic remarks, just WOOD SALVAGE BITCH.

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  11. I feel your wood salvaging, crazy-person plight! I once hauled a wood palett 10 blocks on my back and four floors up my walk-up to be made into a wall piece! Only in NYC. The chevron/inlay style is also quite sophisticated and beautiful

    http://thewalkup.wordpress.com/

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  12. oh, i guess i wish i had that invisibility cloak too. even my husband scoffs occasionally at the things i drag home from the side of the road. (he's secretly jealous and so are your gawkers!) i often find him eating crow when that "piece of trash" becomes something beautiful... the perfect solution... something completely original in its new life in our house or yard. you go!

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  13. two hazels momMarch 21, 2012

    perfect proportions on this table !!!!

    what about white overalls, brown lettering fading to rose
    saying brooklyn to west , the best in dumpster diving.
    and a pocket for biz cards....

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    1. I built this table with a little more overhang with you in mind ;)

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  14. I have totally gone past discarded bins of wood and thought that you should have a twitter alert!

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  15. j'adore!!! as usual... where did you find the nails? just fantastics!!!! xxx

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  16. that is just plain lovely...

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  17. do you know any good places to find reclaimed wood in los angeles? i really don't want to go to those lumbar specialty stores, its too expensive.

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    1. I actually have never found any great salvage places the few times I've been to LA, but I'm sure there must be some. Maybe on the outskirts? If you don't have anything against it, I'd say peek in some dumpsters if they are outside of old homes. Or... craigslist search for 'free' or 'materials'. I wish you luck!

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  18. I'm so glad you're out there, salvaging and making magic out of wood someone else has branded garbage. Don't be embarrassed, it's the people who throw this wood away that should be embarrassed. Your work is beautiful, Ariele. And part of that beauty is the reverent way you treat the raw material.

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