Scrap wood contest inspires resourceful furniture design
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The Joinery’s Tilting Tablet Table was created entirely from scrap wood for the company’s annual design contest. (The Joinery)

The Joinery will kick off its fourth annual Scrap Contest on May 17 in its Southeast Portland furniture store, displaying creative pieces made from residual wood.

Taryn Johnson and Justin Appel designed this Western Walnut dining table with biscuited scrap pieces and brass tube detail.

Checkerboard stools, a table designed for using a tablet in bed and a sleek Western Walnut compost bin are some of the creative pieces built from a pile of scrap material. The design contest was open to anyone in the company, including salespeople as well as furniture artisans.

One random winner will get to keep their favorite piece.

To enter the drawing, the public can vote for their favorite creation in the store or at before June 1.

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Front revisits Gebrüder Thonet Vienna’s roots to design bent-wood furniture
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Swedish design group Front has created a combined coat rack and bench, and two tables from bent wood for design brand Gebrüder Thonet Vienna.

Designers Sofia Lagerkvist, Charlotte von der Lancken and Anna Lindgren of Front aim to design products that communicate a story about how they are made or what they are made of.

Their starting point for the collection for Gebrüder Thonet Vienna was the company’s heritage in bent wood, dating back to the 1800s.

“In the middle of 19th century Thonet developed the new ground braking technique of solid bent wood,” Sofia Lagerkvist told Dezeen. “The iconic Thonet chair has been a success for more then a 150 years and sold to millions.”

For this collection, the designers added a bench to the Thonet coat rack to create a piece of furniture that can be placed in an entrance hall or elsewhere within the home. It is available in black or w…………… continues on Dezeen

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