This story originally appeared on page 84 of the Spring 2015 issue.
By Meghan Jackson
Wall art and lighting $50 - $300; Furniture $300 and up
You will never get two identical pieces from Reclaimed Atlanta. Owner Kristen Consuegra personally makes every item out of recycled materials and donates a portion of the profits to orga- nizations benefitting those who have suffered from exploitation. Her commission-based work features unique furnishings such as bar carts, repurposed lamps and the Factory Crate Coffee Table ($400) featured here.
The Conversation Piece
$45 - $1,200
Based out of Hiram, Ga., Meg Easterbrook and Stephen Sapp formed The Conversation Piece after recognizing a mutual desire to provide job opportunities for men who have overcome addic- tions. The Conversation Piece serves as a follow-up opportunity for graduates of addiction programs who have received wood- work training during their stay, and the program offers them the chance to continue the healing process in a healthy, productive environment. The proceeds from furniture sales, like that of this entry piece (price varies based on size, stain and type of wood, $550-$975), are then used to sponsor children through the or- ganization Compassion International as well.
Douglasville, Ga. $35 - $3,000
Sometimes people need a hand. And a hand up, not a handout, is what Lamon Luther promises. Owner and carpenter Brian Preston started his company “as a tribute to a dying generation of craftsmen,” and discovered an opportunity to create more sus- tainable lives for the homeless men living near his Douglasville, Ga., home. And they are the people he employs and trains to craft his collections of home goods and furniture. His reclaimed pieces, like the Etta Xbase Table ($1,425), are available online and a select few can be found at West Elm as part of their “LOCAL” initiative.