Since the leveling of forests is linked to everything from sneakers to burgers to biofuels, it's refreshing to find a furniture shop souring all of its timber from reclaimed sources. Urban Woods hand makes all its pieces in Los Angeles from wood that was milled between 50 and 100 years ago. Aesthetically, these are down-to-earth collections, more refined and tame than Hugo Franca's gnarly masterpieces, or even Carlos Motta's rustic reclaimed recliners.
Urban Woods' seven collections-which include beds, end tables, dressers, dining room sets, arm chairs, and book shelves-are all solid reclaimed wood, no MDF (medium density fiberboard), and no toxic glues. Stains are water-based, and finishes are low VOC.
"Our exclusive use of vintage reclaimed wood has many advantages; the grain of the timber with its tight growth rings shows the superior density of the wood from ancient trees, and the natural, aged patina and color of the old-growth timber is preserved in the manufacturing process, giving the furniture a look and feel that can not be replicated in new wood."