The Dallas Morning News

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- Steven Lindsey (stevencrai­ is a freelance writer based in Dallas.

The term “environmen­tally responsibl­e” doesn’t immediatel­y lead one’s thoughts to gorgeous designs. But regarding the reclaimed wood trend in home use, they’re one and the same. Previously seen more on the restaurant scene, reclaimed wood has made its way into living rooms, kitchens and bedrooms thanks to innovative artisans, architects and interior designers.

Chad Dorsey and Kurt Bielawski founded design and constructi­on company MORE design + build in Dallas in 2005 and often use the material in very modern spaces.

“We are incorporat­ing a large slab of beautifull­y reclaimed walnut for the island countertop, which provides a warm contrast against the modern Bulthaup kitchen,” said Dorsey about a current project.

Sometimes after demolishin­g walls, they discover wooden design elements that they then highlight in new and modern ways for the remodel. Other times, they create items from scratch.

“We had a client that requested a very durable dining table that had a modern, but not rustic look. So, we used 2½-inchthick, solid reclaimed, white oak slabs that we wire brushed. To achieve the modern effect our client wanted, we used high-gloss white lacquer as a finish,” Dorsey said. “Overall, the table has an Italian look, which is very cool.”

Sarah Reiss has always used reclaimed wood for her creations and built R&R Designwork­s in Dallas into a successful business with a focus on furniture, walls, art and accessorie­s, many of which are custom-made. And the next great pecan, mesquite or pine masterpiec­e may have its start in an unlikely place.

“Seven years ago when we knew we would be moving to Dallas, I researched two things: Ethiopian restaurant­s and salvage yards. Once I found out that the city had plenty of both, I knew everything would be OK,” she said. “I also rely on the curb, especially on bulk trash days, as well as drive-bys on renovation­s and tear downs. I have a wonderful and very enthusiast­ic network of friends who text me intersecti­ons and addresses where they see a pile of rubble with potential.”

Reiss said tables are among the most popular among residentia­l clients and businesses alike, including local pizza chain Cane Rosso that features her tables and accessorie­s throughout numerous locations.

“Tables are the most fun for me to create for my clients because each one is custom-made, and no two are alike,” Reiss said. “However, for sheer scale, nothing beats the challenge and freedom of creating a full-wall design.”

“Being able to use materials in innovative and creative ways is a great design opportunit­y,” Dorsey said. “To underscore the design is the fact that fewer natural resources were used and less waste was ultimately produced.”

That’s the cherry (or mahogany) on top.

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Stephen Reed Furniture designer Sarah Reiss combines reclaimed wood with her welding skills to create one-of-a-kind furniture pieces for her clients.
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