Reclaim NYC is a design initiative encouraging New York-based furniture designers to make use of the debris left behind by October’s Hurricane Sandy in their work. Particpants include Dror Benshetrit and Fort Standard.
Brooklyn furniture company UM Project has created the industrial yet stylish Après Collection featuring lamps and vessels made from materials found in their local neighbourhood after the hurricane, including punctured steel and an old electrical junction box. Volk Furniture’s Flood Drawer, made from reclaimed wood, features a ladder structure with a drawer perched atop, designed to keep precious possessions above rising water levels.
Along with the work of more than 20 other artists and designers, the Après Collection and Flood Drawer were auctioned off to raise money for the New York branch of the Red Cross on December 19 at French furniture company Ligne Roset’s SoHo showroom. There will also be a raffle on the night to raise funds for Brooklyn furniture manufacturer Token, whose studio was damaged during the hurricane.