RX Made products made from Chicago’s waste

The ReBuilding Exchange is a nonprofit social enterprise in Chicago dedicated to creating a market for reclaimed building materials. They have launched a Kickstarter project RX Made which aims to make beautiful products from locally sourced waste materials with local designers and local craftspeople.

Chicago design firm Strand have prototyped three products that take into account the available materials and resources at the RX Made shop. Pictured above is The Stackit, a modular storage system designed to work with reclaimed lumber and can be made into a bench or a bookcase.

The Beerclaw bottle opener is made from reclaimed floor boards salvaged from deconstructed buildings in Chicago and locally fabricated stainless steel. The heat brand on the handle was made by a local manufacturer in Chicago, and all of the hardware is U.S. made.

The Timepiece Wall Clock was designed with small scraps that accumulate in the wood shop in mind. Each clock is made from locally sourced Ash from Horigan Urban Forest Products, a unique lumber resource.


Author: Antonia Edwards

Antonia is the founding editor of Upcyclist. Based in the UK, she is the author of two books: 'Upcyclist: Reclaimed and Remade Furniture, Lighting and Interiors' (Prestel 2015) and 'Renovate Innovate: Reclaimed and Upcycled Homes' (Prestel 2017).