Forget that faux-distressed catalog furniture — if you’re in the market for green home decor, consider the real thing: furniture composed of naturally distressed, reclaimed wood, such as the handmade Ecologica Malibu line, available via that clearinghouse of all things arty and handmade, Etsy. Launched and run by Brazilian-born textile and furniture designer Mariana Schecter (now of Malibu, Calif.), this line takes full advantage of the natural, windswept state of salvaged wood in the form of conversation-worthy chairs, tables, bookshelves, planters and more.
Where exactly does Schecter get the unique wood used in the line (which often comes bearing weathered paint and notches)? “I get my ‘rescued’ wood from several islands in Indonesia, sourced from old [defunct] houses and canoes, or ships like jangadas,” she told Etsy in an interview. Those who salvage the wood are paid a decent wage, of course, as are her local craftspeople.
The result is a line of home furnishings designed for both funk and functionality, designed by Shecter and assembled by her team in Malibu (an expanded version of which is also available in person through the Ecologica Malibu retail store). Schecter says that, for the pieces featured at her retail store, she lets her imagination run wild, but that when it comes the online store, she does her best to keep designs within affordable bounds for those who’ll also be covering shipping costs for the pieces.
Each piece is unique, offering a unique imprint of its previous history in the tropics, and many pieces are composed of teak. The line includes bookshelves, entertainment consoles (pictured), benches, chairs, dining room sets, mirrors, “storage cubes”, and even an extensive selection of waste-baskets. Prices range from $50 to $4,200, and custom pieces are available by commission; more online at Etsy.