weekly wrap up + ariele alasko

by Stephanie

I’ve been waiting to write this all week, but wanted to hold off until the week’s end so it could be the top post for a few days in a row. Why? Because I love it that much. Designer and woodworker Ariele Alasko works from her studio in Brooklyn creating stunning furniture and lighting designs from salvaged materials. While the concept of working with salvaged wood and metal isn’t entirely new, I love how Ariele integrates subtle (and sometimes more pronounced) patterns into her work using just the raw materials. Kate first introduced us to her work last week (after seeing her on The Makers), and when I finally brought up her site, I think I literally yelled, “Oh WOW!” at the top of my lungs after seeing not only her work but also her incredible studio. Let’s just cut to the chase: there’s an entire wall of eucalyptus leaves arranged like an undulating wave (third photo below). I mean, come on. I kept staring at the photo online and saying, “Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh.” Needless to say, Amy and I have already politely begged her for a home tour ;)

But back to the work: Ariele creates a wide range of headboards, tables, cheeseboards and lighting that let the beauty of the salvaged materials shine. I love the way she creates subtle chevron patterns in her work by varying the types of wood she uses. Her most recent headboard design is a great example: salvaged lathe wood in two tones makes for a bold pattern while still retaining that natural, raw feel. I actually visited her studio this morning to talk about a headboard for my bedroom, so when I say that I’m a big fan of her work, I mean it. I rarely cross the line between writing and buying when it comes to the things I post here, but the second I saw this, I knew it would be perfect. If you want to check out more of Ariele’s work, you can view her blog here and her shop here. You can also check out an excellent slideshow of her work over at The Makers online. Thanks again to Kate for the tip and to Ariele for the inspiration.

I’m heading out for the weekend, so I’ll see you on Monday! I hope you all have a great weekend. xo, grace

Below is a summary of this week’s highlights:

More photos of Ariele’s work continue after the jump . . .

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