Many recycled furniture designs focus on showing the previous lives of the pieces that constitute them, rather than emphasizing the color, texture and other qualities of the materials themselves. Nightwood in New York City takes a different approach, crafting rugged-but-artistic one-of-a-kind furniture from more fundamental elements and smaller pieces that tell their stories more indirectly..


Like three-dimensional patchwork quilts, these objects are lively material collages that range from subdued and muted to lively and varied in color, conventional to asymmetrical in shape. One could likewise mix and match to create sets of tables, desks and dressers that simultaneously match in terms of their approach but are lighthearted and mismatched in detail.


The real art in these rustic creations is the selection and composition of salvaged woods and textiles of different texture, grain and finish, sometimes organized, symmetrical and repetitive and other times abstract, playful and dynamic.


These one-of-a-kind furniture designs have clearly found a unique niche somewhere between art and craft, creativitiy and sustainability. And what better context for these frankensteinian creations than a hodge-podge, roughly-painted interior such as this this one pictured above?