Increase in popularity for reclaimed wood furniture

The Guardian newspaper recently covered a piece on Modish Living, and about the increase that has been seen over time for reclaimed wood furniture.

A copy of the article can be seen below, however as it is a little difficult to read this so we've included a transcript of it below the image.   


increase in popularity for reclaimed wood furniture - by the Guardian


A love affair with wood started early in life for Hellen Barlow, who was raised in Norway.  Now as the co-founder of Modish Living, a UK based online boutique supplying relcaimed wood furniture, she's found a way to share her passion for wood while offering consumers ethical and sustainable choices for their homes and businesses. 


"Often, people think 'reclaimed wood furniture' must mean something a bit shabby or low quality" says Barlow.  "However, there are difference grades of reclaimed wood, and in many cases reclaimed timber can be superior to newer materials".


It's the history of reclaimed wood that gives each piece its own identity.  Much of it's character and unique texture comes from the scars of it's previous industrial use.  


With lifestyle and interiors magazines stressing the beauty and ethics of reclaimed wood furniture, Modish Living has found the need to be ever-more creative with it's ranges.  Originally it worked only with timber salvaged from former barns, factories and homes in the UK; it now also supplies ranges made form old fishing boats and railway sleepers. 

"It's fantastic that people these days are increasingly seeking ways to minimise the environmental impact of their purchases" says Barlow, "especially as there are four million tonnes of wood waste each year in the UK.  Thankfully we're now finding ways for some of the wood to be reused as reclaimed building materials rather than it all ending up in landfills or being burnt."  

At Modish Living we are excited to be part of the ethical and sustainable journey. 

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