News from Designer deals – Call it what you will, high-end used … – San Francisco Chronicle:

Repurposing. Upcycling. Recolgy. Adaptive reuse.

Whatever you choose to call it, the concept is simple: take something destined for the trash heap and give it new life. And these days, it’s going upscale.

Perhaps it’s just a sign of the times. With more people downsizing, their otherwise perfect throwaways become welcomed renewables, especially quality furniture. Even folks without a space crunch thin out their things, and that’s no more true than in the spring, when that proverbial annual “cleaning” begins in earnest.

So, with cobwebs being cleared in basements, garages and storage units, it’s high season for deals on designer stuff.

San Franciscans are awash in quality castoffs, but upcycling takes multiple forms, whether it is home workshop projects, small commercial manufactures or consignment shops.

San Francisco furniture artist Emily Glotch, for example, runs Re-Tinked, refurbishing used furniture with her skills in painting, upholstery and the use of found objects.

Meanwhile, up Interstate 5 in Portland, Ore., Hammer & Hand makes ostensibly new pieces from old parts. Using fine craftsmanship in wood- and metalworking, the company creates modern, sustainable furniture from things so old they have been rendered useless for their original purpose. For example, industrial metal legs with casters add…………… continues on Designer deals – Call it what you will, high-end used … – San Francisco Chronicle

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Perennial Wood design gives ASU students first-hand experience
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Casual Living Staff — Casual Living, 2/27/2012 8:32:00 AM

Furniture design students at Appalachian State University are getting first-hand experience working with an innovative wood product, Perennial Wood.
Sponsored by Eastman, the Perennial Wood Appalachian State Design Studio 2012 provides students with chances to display their furniture in several high profile venues.
More than 20 students are participating in the design studio, which kicked off in January when students received an overview of Perennial Wood, the design studio and were given opportunities to interact with the wood and ask questions of product experts. Following the kickoff, students received a supply of Perennial Wood and related supplies for their use.
“We are excited to be working with Appalachian State University on this important design studio,” said Brant Mitchell, market development manager for Perennial Wood. “Guided by insightful professors, the students are on the forefront of furniture design, and using the latest materials like Perennial Wood helps better prepare them for their future careers. Recently we had the opportunity to review some of their preliminary concept drawings, which were practical, clever and visionary. These gifted students represent the future of furniture…………… continues on Casual Living

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