Showcasing Upcycle Design in GLOBE 2016
We hope you stopped by the VEC’s booth at this years’ GLOBE 2016 Innovation Expo, but in case you didn’t, here’s what you missed.
Our goal was to create a sustainably built meeting and conversation space, so we reached out to Vancouver’s upcycle designers to showcase their skills. The structure of the booth, the floor and walls, were built by Naturally Crafted using reclaimed wood from a recent deconstruction they performed. They also contributed a table built out of one single reclaimed beam, which was remanufactured in several ways to show how many different looks reclaimed wood can have. The stereotype that reclaimed furniture always has to look vintage? False. Check out the photos.
We also featured the LongTable by Basic Design which was built out of 100+ year old Douglas Fir beams that the designers salvaged themselves from the renovation of a Vancouver Special house. What a perfect fit that this iconic Vancouver architecture became a part of a community table!
If you sat on the couches to relax, you might have put down your drink on Jesse Toso’s Beam Table. This coffee table is made from a salvaged Glulam Beam that Jesse found leftover at a construction site ready to be tossed out. The Hairpin legs were reclaimed from a broken table.
If you stopped by you might have also sat on or stowed away your shoes in Segev Moisa’s Shoe Bench. This piece is made entirely from scrap pieces of wood Segev saved from the woodshop where he works. Traditionally these off-cuts of wood have to be thrown out due to lack of space and time, but Segev saves as many as he can and uses them in his creations.
Last but not least, we were lucky enough to showcase one of MTH Woodwork’s Bloom Side Tables. These naturally shaped tables were hand salvaged and selected for their unique shape and grain patterns. The resin used is soy-based, so the entire product is from sustainably sourced materials.
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