American wood art and furniture designers Salt Stain have caught our eye with their custom, repurposed pieces. DECO finds out more…
Designer, artist and stylist Shasta Mattey designs with a difference. Creating handmade, contemporary furniture designs, her passion for woodwork was sparked when moving into her new apartment with no furniture. She fell in love with the craft, and started creating wood art and furniture for her home as well as for other people in the community.
Embrace the character of the wood rather than fight it.
With plenty of ideas for giving new life to furniture in unexpected ways, Salt Stain uses reclaimed materials to transform timber planks into new functional and decorative designer pieces, all the while maintaining the natural character of the recycled wood. The grain and colour of every plank is both irregular and unique.
As with this headboard (above) and the coat rack (below), Mattey transforms traditional furniture pieces into something new and unexpected. Upcycling old, discarded wood, Mattey breathes new life into her furniture while minimising her carbon footprint.
Each design balances the crisp, linear lines of crafted furniture with a sleek and polished result.
Salt Stain woodwork is based in LA & Portland, USA. Mattey divides her time between the waves of Venice Beach, California and the forests of Portland.
Images by: Salt Stain
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DECO intern Candice Lawrence is a part-time photographer and small business owner at Modern Gesture, always challenging assumptions and exploring worthwhile avenues through design. When not learning about new materials and craft techniques, you can find Candice bodyboarding at Muizenburg Beach, catching up with friends or planning her next travel adventure. Find Candice @modern_gesture on Instagram.