You may ask, where has the Lin of Lin Morris been? Well, I’ve been busy planning an event in New York City that will auction off items from some of our favorite designers to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. Among those favorites is UM Project, who stepped up to the challenge that we tasked them with: make new pieces out of debris and refuse from the storm. Some of the hardest hit areas were the homes of Brooklyn’s design best, and François Chambard, the lovable genius behind UM was insistent that a portion of his proceeds go directly to those designers who were devastated by the flood waters.
Armed with a set of power tools and a truck, Brooklyn-based designer and maker Ariele Alasko of Brooklyn To West collects old, unwanted timber and takes it back to her studio where she skillfully crafts it into unique pieces of reclaimed furniture. Not only is her finished work amazing to look at but she also documents the making process beautifully with images that she posts to her blog and Instagram. Read the rest of this entry »