Salvations Furniture Design Competition
Using natural materials in furniture redesign is a great way to make a statement.
The Green Project recently hosted the 6th annual contest and fundraiser called Salvations, a juried furniture exhibition and auctionThe event is one-of-a-kind, challenging designers, artists, and hobbyists from the New Orleans area to submit custom furniture projects made from repurposed materials. The Salvations competition has been going on for six years now, and isNew Orleans’ only furniture and lighting competition that is specifically dedicated to the reuse of salvaged materials. As stated on the Green Project website, the goal of the competition is to ”truly pull the treasures out of the trash.”
 

The sustainable contest features several categories to which furniture designers can submit their creations. Almost 50 designers created a total of 65 projects, which were judged in categories such as “Best Traditional Design”, “Best Modern Design”, “Most Inventive Reuse of Materials”, and even a “Best in Show” category. The image gallery is a must-see for creative and unique custom furniture design.The individual dedicated to sustainable living will love looking through the submissions from the Green Project’s furniture competition, and will definitely want to consider having their own furniture repurposed as time goes by. By taking the strong, virtually undamaged “bones” of the couch or sofa in your home, one can transform it into something new and striking by simply updating the upholstery and padding. This is a job for a professional who knows how to work with re-used fabrics and designs from the inside out.

By seeing the inspiring work of these furniture designers, one can imagine that their techniques and approaches can be applied to the everyday pieces as well. The art of finding the new life in an old piece is not lost or forgotten, and recycling can find a functional, practical, and even glamorous place in your home. Furniture fabric stores in the NYC area routinely offer re-upholstery and re-conditioning of items.

Repurposing materials goes beyond eco-chic when you consider the amount of old furniture, wood, and fabric that ends up in landfills every day. Furniture fabric can be re-used and given new life in some pretty striking ways, as demonstrated by some of this year’s and previous year’s submissions to the Salvations competition.

By choosing to repurpose and re-upholster the major pieces of furniture in your home, a dual purpose is served. The money initially invested in the sofa or couch is going further and providing a more lengthy enjoyment of the item itself. At the same time, the material is not headed for a landfill. The owner of a re-upholstered couch or sofa will be able to feel good about the lessened environmental impact that their decision has. If you started out with a sofa or couch that was made with non-toxic and eco-friendly materials in the first place, the choice to continue to preserve that piece will be doubly beneficial.

After seeing all the wonderful designs created for the Salvations competition, the desire to do it yourself may be surging up within you. If you have the time and inclination to work on secondhand items, then go for it, but seek the advice of a professional when you are thinking about re-upholstering your couch – a wrong move could be trouble in more ways than one!