Monday, November 27, 2006

recycled design: letterpress table and weathered mirror

Welcome back everyone! hope you had a great Thanksgiving! We had some friends up from Philly and Northern California, and it was so much fun.

Gorgeous use of recycled materials from The Inspired Maker.

This whole week I'll be focusing on recycled materials! I'd love to hear what your favorite recycled designs are, so comment away, or send me an email!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOVE the table! It would be just right in so many different contexts. My great grandmother worked at her local newspaper in the very early 1900s, laboriously setting type (we have a picture of her sitting on a high stool over rows and rows of letters), so I'd love to have this as a tribute to her. But what a fun table for kids, too!

But how would you keep it clean? Is there an overlay over the letters?

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Andrea D said...

I hope there's an overlay– if they're actually recycled type, those letters are probably made of lead!

5:32 PM  
Anonymous Maryam in Marrakesh said...

Could I love that table any more? I think not...

6:34 PM  
Blogger Chuck said...

It looks like those are actually wood type which was another popular material especially for larger letters.

12:39 AM  
Blogger getzapped said...

What a gorgeous table top! Here is an interesting link to things made with recycled chopsticks:


6:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Making a tabletop from wood type is akin to making lamp shades from leaves of 1400’s illuminated manuscripts. Sure it looks cool, but it’s an appalling display of the modern craft-workers utter disregard for the utilitarian and historic value of genuine antiques.

As a letterpress printer and woodworker, I am disgusted with this table. It almost brings a tear to my eyes every time I see a perfectly usable type case nailed to someone’s wall filled with knickknacks, but this little “art project” almost makes me nauseous.

Please stop. Leave the letterpress bits for those of us who want them, need then, and will actually USE them for their appointed task. Wood type is FAR too scarce and valuable to use as some sort of arsty-farsty project for bored suburban dilettantes...

--Richard in MD

6:06 AM  

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