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SIT UP STRAIGHT: William Stranger works with salvaged trees as well as wood pulled from old buildings. Many of his pieces made of acacia, California black oak or carob maintain their natural ragged edge, but for his Monolith bench ($2,600), made of California walnut has level-straight lines. The pieces are available through the Gallery of Functional Art in Santa Monica, (310) 829-6990; Livingreen in Culver City, (310) 838-8442. (Stranger Furniture)
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OLD SCHOOL: Amy Howard makes her traditional consoles and cabinets with mahogany and chestnut derived from the walls and ceilings of vacant barns and warehouses, some of it 150 years old. She used reclaimed oak to create this four-leg Asian console ($4,035). Available to the trade at Robert Allen/Beacon Hill in West Hollywood, (310) 659-6454, and at Estate of Design in Costa Mesa, (714) 434-8080. Amy Howard: (901) 547-1448. (Amy Howard Collection)
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RECONSTRUCTED: Scrap lumber and recycled glass form a tidy cube called the Leena table ($325) from Gorilla Furniture. Designers Steve Willson and Dan Weber stop at construction sites around Santa Barbara and load up on the leftover beams and headers used in framing — engineered lumber partially made of discarded pieces of sawed wood. The line is at Bungalow 319 in Santa Barbara, (805) 730-1640, and Livingreen in Santa Barbara, (866) 966-1319. It’s also available through Gorilla at (800) 631-9832. (Gorilla Furniture)
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BITS OF BRAZIL: Thomas Bina, a designer with Los Angeles-based Environment Furniture, was vacationing in Brazil when he fell for peroba rosa wood used in century-old houses. The company now has the Parati Platform Bed, a combination of reclaimed peroba rosa and responsibly harvested mahogany (queen size, $2,975). The collection, including contemporary end tables and chairs, is at the Era showroom in H.D. Buttercup in Los Angeles, (310) 945-5458. Environment Furniture: (323) 935-1330 (Environment Furniture)
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From left, John Wells, Seth Meyer and Jim Newsom (on fork lift) stand by slabs of wood from a diseased madrone tree in Seattle that they salvaged for use in their Urban Hardwoods furniture. (John Granen)
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