furniture that brings new life to old trees

I don’t know why, but when I hear the terms “recycled”, “reclaimed” or “re-purposed”, I immediately envision ugly, cheap and utilitarian furnishing, even though I’ve featured some sensational “re-purposed” objects on this blog.  What’s the matter with me!!?

Well today’s feature should change anybody’s mind on his subject, including my own.  I have to say I find this table sickeningly cool.  The base is a whitewashed tree root and the top is an oval piece of treated zinc.  It’s not too “recycled” looking, nor is it too industrial – chic nor too artsy-crafty so it can fit into any décor.  Depending on the look, I would pair it with a set of Jean Prouve standard chairs of 1950 (bottom left) or Philippe Starck Louis XV-style ghost chairs (bottom right). The possibilities are endless!!!
What’s remarkable is that I did not find this table in a Chelsea art gallery but at Groundwork, an online manufacturer of basic traditional furniture.  Based in Philadelphia for almost 20 years, the company employs Amish craftspeople, so you know the pieces are made with integrity, much like they were made many, many years ago. Surprising how sometimes you find some interesting finds in the most unusual of places 🙂
image credits: (top) Groundwork; (bottom left) okoloweb; (bottom right) Philippe Starck
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