Webster’s Definition: To give a new purpose or use to.
Hudson Five Design’s Definition: To find the perfect, often discarded or unappreciated random architectural remnant whether it be iron, wood or stone…and then to hold it, or cart it around in bliss knowing that it’s destiny will become the perfect unique piece for each client.
Example? The Antique Gates
In working with a client who had just purchased a bit of a fixer upper home, it was soon realized that their very rectangular dining room would need a special table to meet not only the size requirements, but also their strong appreciation for unique items. So, the search began and in wandering through a design warehouse filled with a huge variety of items…these pair of gates were discovered in the back of the warehouse, obscured from view…patiently waiting for a new home. Dimensions and pictures were quickly taken and relayed to the clients, as they were unable to see them in person and shortly afterwards, the gates were delivered to their home.
As the gates were placed on the dining room floor, the clients looked down at the gates and then up at each other, then back down at the gates and…repeat. With a smile they indicated it was a go, and after a couple of design drawings and meetings, the final design was approved. The wood workroom and finish artisan brought their talents to the project and successfully completed the approved design and finishes for the table. The final touch, as shown in this image published in Phoenix Home and Garden, was a thick piece of glass inset at the top of the table which allowed the gates to become visually part of the dining room art as well as the dining conversation.
Even a couple left over gate remnant pieces were repurposed and introduced into the custom door for the new built-in storage area located in the fireplace wall, which previously housed a wine cooler.
When the client’s new dining table was delivered and the new built-in storage was complete, they fell in love with the antique gates all over again, but this time, it was as their new “repurposed” dining table and cabinet door.
And the antique gates? Well, they finally found the perfect home they were patiently waiting for.