One man’s trash is another man’s treasure…or in this case, Kitchen. Working with found, inherited, re-purposed and salvaged materials, John Preus and Charlie Roderick of Dilettante Studios in Chicago created this beautiful kitchen with a minimum of virgin materials.
What developed was a composition based largely on the primary components, a walnut cabinet from the Rebuilding Exchange, and the various colors of aged lumber that we were able to accumulate- douglas fir floor joists, cedar fencing, walnut doors and panels, pine shelving, both natural and painted white.
Perhaps what’s most inspiring, though, is the attitude behind their design, which views the choice of raw materials not as a sacrifice, but an incitement to creativity. “We do our best to go second-hand whenever possible,” they say, “as both a principle and an invited opportunity for adaptive design.”
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