Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Back To the Future

Lei Chic Scrunchies. Mesh tops. Hammer pants. Some blasts are clearly better left in the past.  

And then there are some that get better the second time around, like the eco-friendly pieces from Forward Thinking Furniture.  

The Honolulu-based company uses building materials recovered from deconstructed Oahu homes and transforms them into beautiful, one-of-a-kind furniture.  

Owner and master craftsman Thorben Wuttke sources the majority of his materials from his former employer, Re-use Hawaii, a local non-profit that demolishes and dismantles houses and then salvages the parts—lumber, hardware, windows, doors, flooring, cabinets, even the kitchen sink
for re-sale. He even uses soy-based stains and finishes.

You've probably already encountered a few of Forward Thinking Furniture's commercial pieces at local businesses, like Peace Café, Alan Wong’s Pineapple Room and Super Citizen. And Wuttke can custom-create anything you like, from dining and coffee tables to bookshelves, entertainment centers, and bed frames.

Proving that an oldie but goodie can still be the best seat in the house.

Forward Thinking Furniture, 2015 Homerule Street, Honolulu, 808.220.5183,

Posted on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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