When someone’s designs stand out in today’s difficult and demanding marketplace, it catches our attention. We recently discovered Waste Knot furniture. The Boulder, Colorado furniture company creates artistic and beautiful pieces out of re-claimed and re-commissioned materials. The editor of Imagined House, Aaron Everitt, recently interviewed creator and owner Jeremy Schick about his company, design philosophy, and innovative approach to creativity.
IH: Tell me in a few words about your company—philosophy, design ideas, how you started etc.
JS: I have been in the residential construction industry for several years and with each build or remodel, I saw an artist’s or designer’s dreams and ideas come to life. It was always an amazing transformation from ordinary piles of materials into someone’s dream home. This inspired me to bring my own design ideas to life. Over these years, I had also accumulated much of the unused construction materials from these jobs, thinking one day I would find a purpose for them. These two concepts converged and I started building furniture that was inspired by nature. I enjoy maintaining a natural element to all of my pieces in various ways, including raw cut edges, simple designs, and coatings that bring out the natural elements of the wood. I build with the intention of creating pieces that have a practical purpose, will last a lifetime, and where each piece is one-of-a-kind. I want people to be proud of the selections they make for their home…. I want them to recognize the artistic build of a functional piece.
IH: Your company name is Waste Knot, it’s a great play on words and a nice turn of a phrase, where does the name come from?
JS: Waste Knot stemmed from the philosophy of not wasting materials. On construction sites, I was always amazed at the amount of materials that were thrown away throughout the construction of a home. All of the pieces I sell have some element of recycled materials, or materials saved from landfills.
IH: Where can people see your designs?
JS: All pieces can be seen and purchased via the web site at www.wasteknotwoodworks.com. Currently, we are only an online business. We haven’t fully explored a storefront just yet.
IH: Most of us in this field have a designer that we look up to—who are some of your design heros?
JS: Nature is my design hero. Nature does not overly complicate things. Design starts and finishes with only what is needed and nothing more.
IH: What are your long term goals for the company?
JS: I would like to see my products generate awareness within the local community that function and beauty can be created using conscious building practices, all for reasonable prices.
I would like the Waste Knot name to be a familiar name for home furnishings in the local community.
And, eventually, I would like to open a storefront in Boulder where I can better display my pieces and meet customers who share similar interests.