The second life of Hurricane Sandy trees
Forget walls. If your furniture could talk, what would it say? Thanks to a new furniture collection, yours could honor the most powerful local storm of our time.
Introducing the Sandy Project from Brooklyn woodworker Stefan Rurak.
In the aftermath of last October’s hurricane, Rurak began hand-selecting pieces of fallen sugar maple and walnut and repurposing them into furniture and jewelry. One-of-a-kind stools (think: a scooped seat for comfort and tiny secret drawers for fun) start at $1,100, and more accessible pendant necklaces run from $100 to $150.
Since each piece is made to order (email or call to inquire), a stool can take three to four weeks to complete, but a necklace can be ready in a week (and is possibly the coolest birthday present of all time). And while the current collection is admittedly limited, you can still request larger pieces of custom furniture, which will become available as more wood is dried and prepped.
Rurak will then either personally deliver within NYC or ship anywhere else. Relaying the epic origin of your new piece, however, is all on you.