This book, "Reclaiming Style" profiles Retrouvius, the witty name of an architectural salvage and innovative design business in north London.
The authors are a husband and wife team, who began their mission when both were architectural students in Glasgow, where they were witness to the desecration and demolition of many fine Victorian buildings.
The book is in two parts. The first part shows the range of salvaged materials in their warehouse, much of which in the past often ended in landfill sites.
The second part highlights some of the recent design projects, and the metamorphosis that happens where salvaged materials are utilised. The stone flooring of Heathrow Terminal 2 has a new lease of life as bathroom walling.
Elsewhere wooden pilasters from a church make streamlined kitchen cabinets and car-factory lighting graces an elegant high ceilinged dining room.
The projects are wide and varied, ranging from a modest garden cabin to a medieval priory, a Georgian farmhouse and a high-rise London flat
amongst others. What is clear is the rapport that has to take place with the client. The many splendid photographs amply do justice to the book, reflecting the dialogue between, client and designer.
Perhaps the publisher's decision to give a sub-title to the book, "Using Salvaged Materials to create an elegant home" was a mistake, suggesting a DIY book. This book belongs more to the realm of 'The World of Interiors'.
If you admire the ethics of recycling ........and possess aesthetic sensibilities, this book is for you.