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Made Of New York

Industrial-era building materials reclaimed to make a modern furniture line

by Victor Reznik in Design on 03 January 2011

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Creatively crafted, Made of New York furniture is comprised of discarded Manhattan lumber and is constructed using as few machines as possible. The simple, geometric collection was conceived by former creative director of Ikea Sweden and current head of strategic design consultancy Daytime Projects, John-Michael Ekeblad, along with furniture designer Jonathan Locke and timber-sourcing expert Brian Kane—a trio as intelligent as the home furnishings they build in their South Bronx studio.

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The process begins with sourcing the wood, much of which comes from torn down 19th-century buildings. In determining the use for each part the team aims to have "minimal treatment of the wood in favor of sustaining its naturally worn out beauty and charm." The resulting pieces are each completed within five to ten days, using water-based stains and sealers and wood plugs whenever necessary.

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Made of New York is currently finding a retailer to house the collection, but until then pieces sell online from New York City Snaps, with prices spanning $220-1,200.

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