Gallery — MAKESHIFT Chair Workshop

Participants reconstruct a chair at the MAKESHIFT chair workshop. Photo by Peter Stanglmayr.

Kristen Wentrcek from Wintercheck factory and Andrew Zebulon Williams reconstruct a chair at the MAKESHIFT chair workshop. Photo by Peter Stanglmayr.

Eco-friendly salvage yard Build It Green! NYC and Krrb teamed up this past weekend for the MAKESHIFT Chair Workshop in Gowanus. Crafty attendees had the chance to deconstruct and repurpose old chairs using fabric, paint, wood, metal, flowers and gloss. With the creative guidance of designer Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin and Amy Devers from A&E’s “Fix This Yard”, crafters turn their ideas into action. All photos by Peter Stanglmayr

Chair Design is in Full Drive at ICFF in New York City

Made from car and bicycle parts by The ReCycler, a two-person team based in Goderich, Ontario, Canada, known for their one-of-a-kind creations.

Made from car and bicycle parts by The ReCycler, a two-person team based in Goderich, Ontario, Canada, known for their one-of-a-kind creations.

The 25th annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) ends its run in New York City tomorrow but not without showcasing the latest and greatest in contemporary design. Taking place at New York City’s Javitz Center, this premier design event has grown to embrace cutting edge home wares, plumbing hardware and toys, from its original focus (although still prominent) on modern design in functional furniture. A Saturday afternoon at the ICFF had us really appreciating the interesting seating creations. Hey, what can we say? We’re suckers for cool chair design

In Search Of – Enamel

Enamel decorates tea pots, bowls, cups and even fireplaces. Photo: http://runningwithsisters.com

Enamel decorates teapots, bowls, cups and even fireplaces. Photo: http://runningwithsisters.com

Welcome to the daily series “In Search Of”, where we look high and low on Krrb for one-of-a-kind items that we must have now! Today, it’s all about “enamel” and we’ve got loads of items covered in it.

Colorful, glossy enamel is created when powdered glass is heated and fused to a surface. The hardened enamel can be found on everything from jewelry to bowls to tabletops and offers a shiny protective coating. We’re seeing it in just about every shade all over the Krrb classifieds

Krrb Presents A How-to on Dining Chair Upholstery with Cassy Coyne

Professional vintage “hunters” Michael and Cassy Coyne of Wednesday’s Pick Up find old, beat-up furniture at estate sales and auctions and restore them. With almost a decade’s worth of restoration experience, this power couple knows how to bring back life into beautiful vintage finds.

After recently picking up a set of 10 dining chairs with hand-carved detailing, Cassy set up shop in their East Williamsburg studio to update the deteriorating seat cushions. Krrb joins Cassy as she works her magic on reupholstering the dining chairs. With plenty of tips, Cassy’s how-to should have you ready to go about retooling your own dining chairs

In Search Of – Swag Lights

Popular in the 60s and 70s, swag lamps are a retro way to light a room. Photo: houzz.com

Popular in the 1960s and 1970s, swag lamps are making a comeback. Photo: Houzz.com

Welcome to the daily series “In Search Of”, where we look high and low on Krrb for one-of-a-kind items that we must have now! Today, it’s all about “swag lights” and we’ve got loads of them.

We love retro lighting, especially the funky 1970s look of a hanging swag lamp. Effortlessly cool and casual, swag lights are easy to install because of the chain that allows you to hang the wiring from the ceiling. Read on to see swag lamps in all shapes and colors available on Krrb

The Best Words Ever Said About Chairs

Photo: Mattakers.blogspot.com

Photo: Mattakers.blogspot.com

The chair is perhaps the most reimagined piece of furniture. Historically, designers have tested their skills and creativity by putting their own spin on the chair. Just about every great thinker from Albert Einstein to Henry David Thoreau had something to say about chairs. Read on for thought-provoking declarations on the almighty chair

Do’s and Don’ts of Estate Sales

Photo: Thedaintysquid.com

Photo: Thedaintysquid.com

All the best scavengers always mention estate sales as a good place to find secondhand treasures. And rightfully so, estate sales rank up there with flea markets as a source for unique vintage goods. We chatted with Dave Gindlesperger, owner of Curiosity in North Carolina for some insider tips on estate sales. With over 25 years of finding, renovating and selling vintage finds, this shop owner has some great advice on how to make the most of your next estate sale

In Search Of – Lucite

Let's be clear: lucite is big this spring. Photo: Stacynaquininteriors.com

Let’s be clear: lucite is big this spring. Photo: Stacynaquininteriors.com

Welcome to the daily series “In Search Of”, where we look high and low on Krrb for one-of-a-kind items that we must have now! Today, it’s all about the material “Lucite” and we’ve got loads of it.

You’ve heard it called “plexiglass” or “acrylic glass” and seen it in everything from furniture to airplanes to jewelry. Developed in 1928, Lucite is a lightweight, chic, shatter-resistant alternative to glass. In the “Mad Men” era of the 1950s and 1960s, furniture makers loved the material because of its space-age aesthetic. We’ve found it in both vintage and modern pieces throughout Krrb

Pioneer – Rustbelt Treasures in Baltimore, Maryland

This vintage rustic fire starter was originally used to carry a flame to light fireplaces and gas lights before electricity.

This vintage rustic fire starter was originally used to carry a flame to light fireplaces and gas lights before electricity.

A series featuring new Krrbies in new towns across the globe who are breaking unexplored territory. Find out what they have to sell, trade or give away.

For years, Laura of Rustbelt Treasures has been collecting vintage industrial items made of wood, iron and leather throughout the northern midwest, upstate New York and Baltimore. The name of her shop is a nod to the nickname of the area between the Midwest and Northeast, where local economies have historically been tied to industrial products, the transportation of raw materials and large-scale manufacturing.

Laura sells a little bit of everything. “Since I can’t resist a vintage item with character, the style of the shop has become more of an eclectic theme,” she says. Read on to find more about how Laura reworks her finds and when she leaves the original character intact

Chairs — The All-American Recliner

Photo: Alilmoresbetter.blogspot.com

No chair is more familiar than Dad’s old recliner. Photo: Alilmoresbetter.blogspot.com

Recliners have stubbornly withstood the test of time. A prominent fixture in American culture (and living rooms), these chairs have often put comfort over aesthetics since their invention in the 1920s. Their pop culture relevance may have peaked in the late 1990s with shows like Fraiser and Friends, but they’re likely to remain a familiar source of comfort, albeit at times unseemly, for years to come

In Search Of – Salt & Pepper Shakers

We love a good Salt N Peppa pairing.

We love a good Salt N Peppa pairing.

Welcome to the daily series “In Search Of”, where we look high and low on Krrb for one-of-a-kind items that we must have now! Today, it’s all about “Salt and Pepper” and we’ve got loads of them.

The most common of food seasonings, salt and pepper, usually come as a twosome. Decorative salt and pepper shakers are a flea market staple and a collector’s prize. Whether you’re into kitsch or sleek lines, everyone loves a set of shakers on the dinner table. Take a look at these incredible duos we found on the listings today

In Search Of – Emerald

Emerald is Pantone's color of the year and we see its brightness everywhere we look.

Emerald is Pantone’s color of the year and we see its brightness everywhere we look.

Welcome to the daily series “In Search Of”, where we look high and low on Krrb for one-of-a-kind items that we must have now! Today, it’s all about the color “Emerald” and we’ve got loads of it.

Bright, fresh and so ripe for spring, emerald is the color of harmony and well-being. That’s why color experts Pantone named the hue color of the year for 2013. We’ve found the hue on items for sale throughout the site — from pillows to pendants to tumblers and lounge chairs. You’ll see the radiant jewel tone everywhere this spring

Go Green! Earth Day Festival in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

greenpoint

This weekend stop by the sixth annual Go Green! Greenpoint Festival in McCarren Park. Held on Saturday, May 11 from 11 am to 5pm, Go Green! is celebrating Earth Day-practices on an everyday level. The outdoor event offers a variety of ways to keep the neighborhood eco-friendly.

Make sure your old cellphones and laptops never end up in a landfill by taking advantage of the festival’s free electronic waste recycling. All broken and unwanted electronics will be recycled locally in Greenpoint by Green Chip, a company with a zero landfill policy. Also in mix will be gardening demonstrations by local businesses, recycling stations, eco-goods for sale, and craft projects for children.

Mother’s Day — Give Your Mom A Beautiful Bowl

Photo: Waukesha.uwex.edu

Photo: Waukesha.uwex.edu

Get ready to shower your mama with love (if you don’t already!) because Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 12! If you’re tired of the yearly flower arrangements, we’ve got a beautiful way to honor your mother. Make this year all about the presentation with a beautiful bowl.

Get a bowl. Buy, swap, re-use or craft a bowl that your mom can use and will love.

Fill it with something meaningful. Gather her favorite fruit, a homemade pasta, a garden-picked salad or tiny slips of paper with reasons why you love your mom written on them. Just fill it with something your mother will enjoy.

Give it to your mom. Take it to her, enjoy the contents with her, and then let her keep the bowl. Keep it simple and loving, and your mother is sure to love it.

This gift idea is really about spending time together. If your mom lives too far away, send her a beautiful bowl and a recipe and tell her you can’t wait to make the meal together next time you see her. We found a few treasure worthy bowls and treats to inspire your Mother’s Day gift

25 Chairs Made of Repurposed Items

Drinking Straws: Artist Scott Jarvie designed a chair using 10,000 drinking plastic straws. Photo: cubeme.com

Drinking Straws: Artist Scott Jarvie designed a chair using 10,000 drinking plastic straws. Photo: cubeme.com

As we study the chair, we have to give credit to those who find unique ways to reinvent a piece of furniture as old as time. We’ve gathered 25 chairs made from repurposed materials — some so shocking that you may need to sit down. So settle in and peruse this fascinating collection, who knows, you just might get inspired to tackle your own throne. And for the record, we’d sit on any of these upcycled chairs. Well, maybe not the one made from forks

In Search Of — Faux Bamboo

Don't worry, these little guys are eating the real stuff. But faux bamboo is making a comeback. Photo: greenearthbamboo.com

Don’t worry, these little guys are eating the real stuff. But faux bamboo is making a comeback in homes and on patios this spring. Photo: greenearthbamboo.com

Welcome to the daily series “In Search Of”, where we look high and low on Krrb for one-of-a-kind items that we must have now! Today, it’s all about “Faux Bamboo” and we’ve got loads of it.

Faux bamboo is back. It was discovered in Asia along the Silk Roads by Western traders during the 18th century. Making its mark in the faux-bamboo motif of Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles to 1950s bamboo-inspired living room furniture, the Eastern motif is no longer resigned to the past. With recent appearances in indoor and outdoor furniture, bamboo is the perfect accent material because of its natural lines and earthy appearance. The faux variety is synthetic and often sealed so it stands up to weather elements. Check out today’s round up of listings with faux bamboo

How-to Host Your Own Clothing Swap

Make sure to leave a sign on your door if guests are new to your neighborhood.

Make sure to leave a sign on your door if guests are new to your neighborhood.

I hosted a clothing swap this weekend for partially selfish reasons: I needed a few new blouses, I wanted to clean out my closet to make space and I really wanted more of my friends to meet each other.

Check, check and check.

Whether you want an excuse to get together with friends or really need to de-clutter, here are a few tips for hosting your own clothing swap

Blazing Trails — The Free and Real Eco-Dome Community in Greece

Geo-Dome

The recent economic crisis in Greece was the perfect gut-check that inspired some folks to live minimally. Relocating to Mount Telethrion in Aghios, on the island of Evia, Free and Real (Freedom of Resources for Everyone, Respect, Equality, Awareness and Learning) eco-community is the first of its kind. The non-profit, non-government organization is a model of sustainability, teaching people to be self-sufficient at a time when both money and opportunities are drying up for the Mediterranean country

Back to top

More from the blog