Room & Board launches a new range of tables with wood from the hood
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Room & Board’s Urban Wood Project, where the furniture retailer partners with companies in the city to design and manufacture home decorations from reclaimed wood, has now added new products from Minneapolis. Through a collaboration with Wood from the Hood, Room & Board has launched a new line of Orlin tables made from ash trees felled or harvested in the Minneapolis area.
“The city of Minneapolis felled ash trees to prevent the spread of the emerald ash borer,” says Gene Wilson, director of merchandising and supplier management for Room & Board. Wood from the Hood was struggling to use all the ashes they received. Orlin Coffee and Dining Tables “ensure Wood from the Hood can use a higher percentage of the ash they get from Minneapolis.”
According to Brian Linehan, Room & Board’s director of merchandise and design, Wood from the Hood also uses ash to create dimensional lumber (lumber prepared in predetermined sizes). “It’s a great resource for us, and the fact that they create dimensional lumber with reclaimed urban trees is really unique,” he says. “It also aligns with our company’s message of sustainability. The sky is the limit on how we could grow up with this.
The sleek design of the Orlin line “also goes back to the origins of wood”, explains Linehan. “Minneapolis has a strong Scandinavian heritage that people are really falling behind. When we started sketching out ideas for Orlin, we wanted to reference classic Scandinavian design cues such as understated woodwork, tapered legs with angular lines, and soft corners with bevelled undersides. It’s a timeless design.
Released on August 17th, the Orlin line is just the start of what Room & Board hopes will be a long collaboration with Hood’s Wood. “We worked together to refine the vision for the Orlin line,” says Wilson. “It’s a great partnership and we really love making great products with partners. “