I LOVE TRASH. I say this all the time during Topaz + Arrow
workshops: when it comes to materials-sourcing, it's so easy to find value in the wreckage of someone else's project. Fabric scraps, lumber cast-offs, and thin little slices of leather that would otherwise be tossed are big scores, and I've got boxes and boxes of all of the above at the studio
I ESPECIALLY love trash when it comes in the shape of a home decor item – and one of my favorite aspects of city-living is being able to source straight from the sidewalk. I'd love to say it's my commitment to UPCYCLING and ECO-AWARENESS that causes me to beeline for a cardboard box with FREE haphazardly sharpie-d on the side, but the reality is (and I have a feeling you feel me on this) that if it's scratched or broken or little too worn in for one man, then it is in prime shape to become T H I S G U Y ' S coffee-table-treasure.
street finds, from the top:
a wooden charger plate (now a coffee table centerpiece) and a plastic-handled vegetable peeler (DECORATIVE), found together during a morning dog-walk /// a clear plastic filing tray I came across in the alley behind my house. It originally had four skateboard-looking wheels; I pulled them off and put it to work wrangling bottles on our bar cart /// and a brass lamp that I haven't q u i t e gotten around to fixing yet, but I love the looks of it so much that we're letting it hang out in the meantime.
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