The Dallas Morning News
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LUMBER GETS A SECOND LIFE IN HOT HOME TREND
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.