In a postmodern, environmentally unsound, economically challenged society and planet, the idea of re-using older materials can strike a chord in the mainframe of society. One can speculate this happens for a number of reasons, the first being a reaction to the perceived blandness and failed Utopianism of the Modern movement. Where there was once a dismissal of frivolous ornamentation, there can now be detected a reversion to the aesthetic of previous architectural movements, Neo-Historism and such which traditionally took Romantic and Neo-Classic elements. A re-use of what is existing such as architectural salvage and restoration is not only more economically shrewd but also better for the environment (think on the amount of waste that mass production, distribution and manufacturing produces).
Recycling an antique quarter paneling, a period piece door header, an antiquarian window casing, or an heirloom crown molding has a transformative effect on one’s private environment. Think how wonderful a home is when it is utterly and specifically designed with the character of its inhabitants and occupants in mind. There is a sentiment of ownership of one’s dwelling, a space conducive for dreaming, working, playing. The reclaiming of once discarded collectibles is a very savvy thing to do.
“The purpose – where I start – is the idea of use. It is not recycling, it’s reuse.“
Attribution to Paris Perfect