Making New from Old: Blake Avenue in LA
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Los Angeles-based Blake Avenue uses a mix of recycled industrial steel and reclaimed wood recovered from buildings that date back 150 years. Discovered on You Are the River : Blake Avenue believes that "something often missing in the discussion of environmentally responsible furniture is the principle of longevity." As a result, the design company takes on the task of preserving the raw materials with good design and craftsmanship (by finely sanding, shellacking, and hand sealing with wax). In each piece, the wood's past lives can are detected in traces of rough hewn saw blade marks, oxidized holes, and the patina of natural wear. To visit their showroom at 3010 North Coolidge Avenue in Los Angeles, contact Blake Avenue . Above: The Wall Mount Shelf is made from reclaimed old growth Douglas Fir and measures 33 inches across; $70. Above: The Lake Tahoe Desk is made from reclaimed architectural Douglas Fir; $715. Above: The Jackson Table measures 110 inches long and 30 inches tall for $1,895. Above: The Floating Shelves are modular and made from sustainably harvested Douglas Fir and recycled industrial iron; $315. Above: The Shenandoah Desk is customizable with the choice of a fine sanded top or shellac and wax sealed, rust patina on steel or raw steel, and front corner legs at the corners or at the inset; prices range from $850 to $950.