Friday, March 26, 2010

Reclaimed Pine Dining Table

This beautiful custom dining table, collaboratively made by Eliot Irwin and Janet Ecklebarger, uses reclaimed pine from the ReBuilding Exchange, and a polyurethane stain finish.

MODified Originals Reclaimed Flooring Chair

Check out this 1950’s classroom-style steel frame updated with reclaimed wood flooring from the ReBuilding Exchange!

White oak floor boards were salvaged, stripped down, glued up into planks, and molded into this contemporary take on the classic schoolhouse seat. A tung oil finish seals the deal, bringing out the natural variations in the oak. A salvaged carbon steel frame was sanded and sealed, and together, they combine to make what we think to be a simple, striking side chair.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

ReBuilding Exchange Welcomes Alastair Salvador Quesada!

The ReBuilding Exchange's first intern Alison Dickson Quesada has given birth to a healthy baby boy, Alastair. Alison and her family have been an integral part of getting the ReBuilding Exchange up and running. Congratulations and welcome to the RX Family!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

The ReBuilding Exchange materials have found a new home at Filter Cafe, which has now returned to Wicker Park! Go and check out the amazing job done by Matt Nardella of Moss Design. For more info check out

Thanks for supporting the RX and for using reclaimed materials in your build!
Filter is located at 1373 N. Milwaulkee

Friday, March 12, 2010

ReBuilding Exchange Anniversary Celebration Video!

Our friends at Natropolis recorded and produced this video of our 2010 Anniversary Celebration. As you can see, it was a great night for the ReBuilding Exchange and our friends. Thank you all who supported and participated!

Photos from the ReBuilding Exchange Roving Photobooth at our February 12th event!

At our annual fundraising event on February 12th, Photographer Justin Goh asked attendees to interact with reclaimed materials and they got creative!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Over a non-contiguous 24-hour work period, a series of experimental chairs have been produced on the site.
For this project Andy Hall set up a temporary workspace as HallMfg.
During each hour of work, one chair was designed, built, then displayed. This project is supported by materials from the ReBuilding Exchange a local organization with the mission to divert building materials from the waste stream and make them accessible to the public for reuse. This event expands the HallMfg process of secondary-use design where building and experimenting with materials results in edited knowledge and visually interesting material solutions.
Andy Hall operates Hall Manufacturing. The goal of this project is to develop relationships and community through the operation of a service workshop. Hall Manufacturing is a Chicago operation researching design for environment.