Recycling wood from old structures and giving it new life as beautiful furniture is a growing industry these days. Not only is it a waste diversion from landfills, but it also allows companies to source quality materials (and old-growth hardwoods) for a fraction of the cost of traditional sources.
Urban Woods, creators of furniture from old buildings in Los Angeles, is placing a Hollywood spin on their latest collection by sourcing vintage reclaimed wood from the historic old sound stages of MGM Studios. From the article,
“When searching out the best possible, old growth timber for the new line of Urban Woods furniture, Trevor Webb, President of Urban Woods, a company at the forefront of eco-contemporary design in furniture, had to look no further than the demolition of several old sound stages on the MGM Studios lot in Culver City, California. This grand studio was once the crown jewel of Hollywood and is now Sony Pictures.
Instead of ending up useless and forgotten in a landfill, the same wood that heard Orson Welles whisper his famous, “Rosebud,” and Judy Garland’s ruby slippers click-clack down the Yellow Brick Road, will be in peoples’ homes and offices, in the form of beautiful, contemporary and ecologically-conscientious furniture, getting the recognition it deserves, and telling its amazing stories for years to come.”
Cozy and warm, isn’t it? A great find for Urban Wood nevertheless. Nothing like adding a little nostalgia to a green product to give it that extra element of history.
The company doesn’t just recycle for the green label; they also use water-based finishes and organic fabrics in all of their furniture. You can find out more here.