Brooklyn designer rescues landfilled wood for stylish geometric furniture

Ariele Alasko / Brooklyn to West© Ariele Alasko / Brooklyn to West

There's something awesome about a gal who knows her way around power tools, and doubly so when there's some gorgeous upcycled furniture coming out of the equation. Transplanted from California to the neighbourhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Ariele Alasko of Brooklyn to West makes some pretty darn cool pieces, transforming salvaged wood into tasteful, geometric wonders.

Ariele Alasko / Brooklyn to West© Ariele Alasko / Brooklyn to West
Switching from sculpture to furniture design while initially working out of a small apartment shared with a "very patient boyfriend," Alasko's story tells a lot about her persistence and resourcefulness as a designer and maker:

I’m a builder, a fixer, and a do-it-myselfer. My favorite things in life are big tools, old wood, good pasta, and finding great materials in a dumpster. I grew up in California, and blindly moved to New York seven years ago when I was accepted into art school for sculpture. I instantly fell in love with the grungy part of Brooklyn, and within a month, we had moved into Bedstuy. I have lived in the same apartment for five years now, which has given me plenty of time to slowly “fix” a few things around the house: de-carpet stairways, tile in kitchen… you name it!

Ariele Alasko / Brooklyn to West© Ariele Alasko / Brooklyn to West

Ariele Alasko / Brooklyn to West© Ariele Alasko / Brooklyn to West

Ariele Alasko / Brooklyn to West© Ariele Alasko / Brooklyn to West

Alasko has since found a decently sized studio space from which to work out of, and she continues to hammer out lovely patterned pieces that have a lot of panache.

Ariele Alasko / Brooklyn to West© Ariele Alasko / Brooklyn to West

I love how there is judicious use of contrasting spots of colour, set against a consistently playful palette of changing geometric configurations.

Ariele Alasko / Brooklyn to West© Ariele Alasko / Brooklyn to West

True to her DIY creed, one of Alasko's recent pieces feature handblock-printed linen upholstering on a vintage Victorian chair. Impressive.

Ariele Alasko / Brooklyn to West© Ariele Alasko / Brooklyn to West

We're definitely keeping an eye out for Ariele's charming work in the future -- in the meantime, check out the rest on her website and blog.

Brooklyn designer rescues landfilled wood for stylish geometric furniture
The colors and shapes of discarded wood are reused for maximum beauty and utility in Ariele Alasko's tasteful furniture.

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