One of the most useful gifts my Mom passed on to me was a certain comfort level around power tools. The independent feeling of confidence knowing you can take care of minor details around the house is a skill for which I am eternally grateful. It’s a joy for me to see women taking that skill to a whole new level. I was delighted to recently discover Ariele Alasko and her company, Brooklyn To West.
Is this photo not the best?!! Ariele is a builder, sculptor, dumpster diver, and do-it-yourselfer, with a clean aesthetic and eye for detail. She creates the most beautiful furniture from recycled materials that I’ve seen in a long time.
If a headboard could ever guarantee sweet dreams, I’d bet on this one.
The cake pan lights are currently all sold, but they are such a great example of Ariele’s creativity and unusual use of materials.
This gorgeous table is part of a series she recently completed for il vecchio, a California restaurant. Each of the pieces was built from salvaged oak flooring saved from a Brooklyn brownstone.
An interior shot of the artist’s living space.
I can’t begin to imagine the work that goes into sifting through piles of lath, planning, measuring, cutting and measuring again. Heaps of sawdust must be everywhere. Makes me a bit dizzy to even think about her design process. I hope someday I’ll be able to have one of Ariele’s lovely pieces incorporated into my decor.