How to profit from wood scraps 4/21/2007 1:21:03 PM

Brooklyn-based designers Carlos Salgado and Bart Bettencourt are the creators of environmentally friendly furniture they call Scrapile. Their furniture is fashioned from discarded pieces of wood from several woodworking studios.

If you’re looking for wood furniture that is not only beautiful but also environmentally sound, consider the line of one-of a- kind furniture items offered by Brooklyn-based designers Carlos Salgado and Bart Bettencourt environmentally conscious furniture company Scrapile.

They have created a beautiful, cutting-edge line of furniture by collecting wood scraps from various lumber mills, and recycling them (which would otherwise be headed for landfill) into their stunning minimalist pieces. At this point, the Scrapile line includes tables, benches, shelving, crates and lamps, all made out of their signature striated bands of different colored wood laminated together, a design process that they originated.

The wood is laminated together using non-toxic water-soluble glue to create composite pieces and then made into minimalist benches, tables and shelving. Each piece of furniture is created with a wide range of materials, including poplar, walnut, bamboo, plywood, yellow pine and cherry.
According to Carlos Salgado, the idea behind the project was to keep scrap woods from piling up in local landfills and to reintroduce these materials back into our daily lives as useful items and objects. These composite pieces have distinctive striations that are visually appealing and allow for seamless coordination with many grain décors. Scrapile proves that ecofriendly design can also be sleek and modern.

No two pieces are exactly the same and you can see the variant shades of wood color. This happens because items are not made of single slices of wood, but scrap pieces - which have given it such shady designs making them unique.

The design seems sustainable in a true sense. With such creations, Carlos Salgado and Bart Bettencourt have reached the epitome of cutting-edge, importantly sustainable designing.
The ultimate in environmentally-friendly design, their line includes tables, lamps, benches, and shelving.

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