Wednesday, September 15, 2010


I saw this interesting piece of furniture on a blog the other day and wanted to share its uniqueness with ya'll. Tell me if you can spot what it is constructed from ...

Yes, if you guessed an old pallet then you are correct. The artist, Katrin Arens,  used a few old nails to hold in the bowls and plates on display. I really think it is a neat idea and would look awesome in the right setting. I could picture it mounted in an older, historic home with maybe a bench below? Or a simple bookshelf for extra storage. She has some other cool pieces as well so explore her site.

I totally agree with Katrin's statement,
"Creativity, a passion for simplicity, and dedication to the reclamation and re-use of materials, combined with unusual and individual treatments and processes, make ordinary objects extraordinary."

I love antique pieces, or furniture that has been revived with a little elbow grease. They all are so special and exhibit so much character. My pet peeve is someone that thinks too highly of their antiques - overpricing items you can find at any flea market or junk yard leaves a sour taste in my mouth! The beauty of buying salvaged items in re-constructing them to make them your own - you shouldn't have to pay an arm and a leg for it and then refinish it.

She describes her furniture concept as,
"Each piece is unique and handmade, using materials reclaimed by Katrin Arens; from derelict country houses, from cellars, and from carpentry studios. The pieces themselves are as rich in history as they are clear in design – histories which are concealed beneath surfaces with strange shapes, patterns and scars. Thorough craftsmanship and treatments using traditional techniques give the pieces both a smooth finish and an enigmatic feel, exuding long-forgotten colours and scents."

1 comment:

  1. Look at the furniture… it’s simply elegant! Katrin’s statement says it all. Ultimately, it takes a creative mind and a true passion to produce exceptional revamp furniture. Application is easy once you’ve formulated your design concepts.

    - Gerry Bossier