Reclaimed wood loans a sense of warmth, history, and wisdom to any room it’s added to. The world’s top designers use reclaimed wood to accent their designs, but reclaimed wood is accessible to any designer or architect.
From ArchDaily: The interior of Michael Green’s WIDC building in Canada
Turn on HGTV and you’ll see reclaimed wood farm tables on Fixer Upper and reclaimed wood paneling added to treehouses on Treehouse Masters. Some designers are also pushing the limits by using reclaimed wood to build wooden office buildings.
Because of its aesthetic qualities and sustainability, reclaimed wood has become a staple in the designs of the some the world’s top designers. Reclaimed wood is also versatile. Many designers use it as flooring, wall paneling, outdoor siding, and to build furniture.
Here’s how the world’s top designers are using reclaimed wood.
Reclaimed Wood As Used By Michael Green
Reclaimed wood carries its history on every panel, each scratch and scar, each stain from its previous life, and the markings created through natural weathering. If only it could speak, just imagine the stories it would tell.
From dezeen: The facade of Michael Green’s T3 building.
The mountain pine beetle has devastated and killed millions of acres of pines in the northwestern United States and Canada. Luckily, these trees have found a new life in the form of a wooden skyscraper built by Michael Green.
The T3 building is a 7-story tall skyscraper built entirely of wood, mostly pine. Many designers are touting the benefit of building with wood. The production of beams uses less energy than manufacturing concrete and steel and wood naturally absorbs carbon.
Reclaimed Wood As Used By Robin Guenther
Reclaimed wood is so beautiful that it really can be used anywhere, from the floors, to the walls, to the ceilings.
Robin Guenther is a renowned architect and leading expert in sustainable healthcare design. She promotes the idea that we can design healthier, more healing buildings.
From Stanford children’s Hospital: Reclaimed redwood slats surround the elevator bay at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.
Reclaimed wood comes in many different textures and colors making it the perfect material for adding subtle color to walls. The elevator bay at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford is covered in redwood slat reclaimed from Moffett Field hangar in Mountain View. The wood was milled in the 1920s and was discovered the hangar was being demolished.
Reclaimed Wood As Used by Clodagh
Clodagh’s trademark says it all: “life-enhancing minimalism.” The designer focuses on creating blissful serenity with her designs. She adds life and texture to each space, often using reclaimed wood to add warmth to her minimalist designs.
From Clodagh: The front desk at 295 Park Avenue South
Whether she’s redesigning the entrance and lobby of an apartment building in New York or incorporating the idea of biophilia into her design for a spa space—reclaimed wood plays a natural role.
Reclaimed wood retains its strength and beauty even with age. Some designers even argue that its age makes it more beautiful. Reclaimed teak flooring and paneling is a sustainable and aesthetically pleasing material to use for any custom design.
Reclaimed wood not only looks gorgeous, it’s also more sustainable and eco-friendly than using new wood. Now that you’re inspired by the designs of these top designers, how will you incorporate reclaimed wood into your next project?