Posted on Sun, 28 Oct 2012 by KiM

Yesterday I didn’t have a packed schedule of chores/errands so I convinced my husband to take a little trip with me across the river to Wakefield, Québec to visit the showroom of ReOrient. Michelle, the owner, had emailed us last week to let us know about her shop (I was unaware of it’s existence) that sells 100% reclaimed teak furniture from Indonesia, and that they were having a big showroom sale this weekend. The hubby and I were immediately smitten with their furniture from the moment we walked up to the porch where some items were on display – and ended up purchasing 2 of them. 🙂 Michelle explained the process of how they come across this reclaimed wood – the majority of it being from old furniture or buildings being torn down. Her pieces are then crafted in Indonesia and shipped here. It is a very green company – the bench I purchased has a metal base, which is recycled metal melted down and shaped into bars made to resemble scaffolding. They also ensure that the manufacturing process does not exploit the environment, animals or people involved. Here is a sample of the items at ReOrient (to note – the showroom is closed during the winter, but their products are carried by several retailers in Ontario and Québec).

We purchased the bench and the stool above. The bench will be delivered this week (sadly, too long to fit in our car) but the stool came home with us – photos at the end of the post.

Above are the pieces to make a custom bathroom vanity (just sort of piled together in the showroom to show each option). You can pick open shelving, drawers, the one door section with a shelf inside and configure however you want. LOVE this. 

The unit above is really cool. Sadly I didn’t get a shot of it from the side, but it becomes deeper towards the bottom.

Here are a few photos of the stool (sorry they are pretty bad – the weather is crappy and I couldn’t get a decent amount of light in my living room). It will sit here for now, but the bench may be placed under that window if it doesn’t fit under our dining table (I’m dying to get rid of a few of my dining chairs so we thought a bench on one side would be fun). Several of my cats LOVE the goat skin top. 

michelle oser says:

excellent! thank you very much Kim for the great post! I knew the cat would love the goat hair drum chair lid!!!!

peggy says:

I am amazed at how rustic/industrial your place has become. It's so gorgeous and funky! You know I have to say it – I hope that's faux fur on that stool. Thanks for sharing this cool shop.

KiM says:

You're welcome Michelle! Thanks for the intro to your awesome products!

Thanks Peggy! Sorry to disappoint but it's not faux. I like to think it was a sick goat that needed to be put down to spare it from a life of pain….or something along those lines.

Been meaning to check this place out! I believe Michelle had sent us an e-mail a while ago. Is the showroom closed now or still open for a few weeks??

KiM says:

Sorry – I'm not sure how much longer the showroom might be open.

Paul says:

Dead animals on a tree stump? Design can really be disgusting and cruel.

Katie says:

Love the pics, I am so very envious of your bench, I would love one!
Sometimes it's very unfair that I live so far away from all these wonderful places, but I'm sure that there are people in other countries saying the same thing about some of the places we have here in Australia.
Beautiful Stuff!

PS it's goat people, something that will have been used for its meat and instead of letting it go to waste it has been used as a stool top. There is not a single product in the world that does not take away from someone or something else in some way or another. Try not to be so quick to judge.

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