Building with history.

May 22, 2010 at 5:48 pm 2 comments

It seems like David Belt, creator of the new interactive installation Glasphemy!, could get some inspiration from Skyy Vodka when it comes to his leftover broken glass. Some recycled Skyy bottles end up in high end countertops manufactured by California-based Vetrazzo. What’s especially great about this material is that you can clearly see the broken glass (unlike the very cool but less obvious recycled Coke bottles in the new 111 Navy Chair).

I believe that having some sense of your materials’ histories adds a really rich texture to any project, whether they are broken glass pieces or columns of 17th century timber salvaged from an old New York tenement. The more you know, the more special your project becomes. Brooklyn furniture designer Jeremy Pickett has the unique pleasure of being able to tell you exactly where pieces like his Trylle Side Table started:

“The Trylle Side table is made from the same walnut that I procure for all my walnut and cherry needs,” Pickett explained to me. “It comes from a family farm down in Delaware. About fifteen years ago, a family sold their farmland to a golf course developer and as part of the land sale, the family requested to keep all the trees removed from the land developers. And they have milled the most amazing collection of air-dried walnut, cherry, and maple slabs of wood. So a part of every project I do begins with a drive down to Delaware to hand select the wood and walk the grounds. It’s a privilege to be able to walk the grounds that the trees came from. It helps me appreciate the sacrifice of the tree and pay respect to them. To borrow a term from the food industry, it makes my furniture literally ‘farm-to-table’.”

The Trylle Side Table, made of solid walnut from a Delaware family farm, retails for $850. Contact Pickett Furniture about this piece and many others at (347)404-3066.

May 22′s daily design idea respect your materials by learning their stories.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. 3×3 with Jeremy Pickett « Daily Design Idea  |  July 1, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    […] be recreated in a mass production factory. We make our furniture out of solid wood which is hand selected for each project. By retracing history’s steps using traditional hand-cut Japanese-style joinery, we are also […]

  • 2. Inside Pickett Furniture. « Daily Design Idea  |  July 14, 2010 at 10:47 am

    […] June 27, 2010 Recently, Jeremy Pickett was kind enough to give Daily Design Idea a personal tour of the Pickett Furniture showroom, his own workspace, and the Red Hook neighborhood. We were fortunate enough to get a close look at several of Jeremy’s one-off pieces like the Ond Bench, the Forbannelse Chair (nicknamed the “Thanksgiving Chair” for how surprisingly easy it is to sink into), and the previously featured Trylle Side Table. […]


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