Australia: Kentholz furniture

Planet Berlin: Waste not, want not

Experiments with pallets

At the beginning, Stacey Kent experimented with discarded wooden pallets. The initial furniture he produced was sold among his circle of friends.

Planet Berlin: Waste not, want not

Reclaimed raw material

Wood is as individual as a person; it has unique characteristics via its grains, curves and even imperfections. Stacey Kent produces tables, benches and shelves with reclaimed wood retrieved from construction sites and shipyards. The results are both rustic and contemporary.

Planet Berlin: Waste not, want not

Customer satisfaction

Kent is a self-taught furniture maker who likes to create bespoke pieces based on the special needs of the customer. On the Kentholz website, buyers can also choose from established furniture styles, including a large range of tables from "Natural Kent" to "Business Kent." Reworked design classics such as a mid-century String shelf are also on offer.

Planet Berlin: Waste not, want not

Making old new again

Stacey Kent is committed to positively impacting the environment by creating high-quality furniture pieces from what others see as waste. By salvaging and using existing material that would otherwise be scrapped, Kent hopes to limit the logging of trees and forests that supply oxygen and act as carbon sinks.

Stacey Kent had already studied sustainability in his Australian homeland when he arrived in Berlin in 2011. Years later he's still here with his own eco furniture business that creates signature objects out of old wood.

A visit to Berlin's industrial Treptow district can be truly worth your while. Tucked into the district's Niederschöneweide quarter along the banks of the Spree is the workshop of Australian born Stacey Kent. In 2014 he took over a large manufacturing hall and has since been producing furniture from old wooden boards like those used in scaffolding. Stacey Kent is happy to let people watch him work at his workshop/showroom. Visitors are always welcome and he is easy to contact over his website or via WhatsApp or Facebook.

Back when he first set foot on Berlin soil in 2011, Stacey Kent only intended to stay in the hip city for two or three months. But then the inevitable happened: He met a woman, fell in love, and stayed. He started out in a job as a film set designer and began learning about woodworking. Back in Australia, Stacey Kent had studied economics with a focus on sustainability and it was ultimately this interest that led him to notice all of the old wooden boards and forgotten transport pallets strewn about Berlin. It would make great material to experiment with, he thought.

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Robust demand

"I sold my first handcrafted furniture to friends, then moved on to DIY platforms and online shops," explains Stacey Kent. He was met with robust demand – even from overseas. Stacey Kent likes to let the native character of the solid, second hand wooden boards – often made of oak – shine through. Sure, the splinters are sanded down and damage smoothed over with epoxy resin, but the structure of the wood and the natural discoloration developed over years of use remain indelible features of the final product.

When paired with the delicate or brawny steel legs welded by Stacey Kent's friend, Ogi, his wooden creations take on a new life as tables, benches and chairs with a stark, purist aesthetic. That look is also reflected in Stacey Kent's new tables, made of cast and sanded terrazzo. This robust material was a popular flooring substance for homes built in the early 20th century, and enjoys a long tradition in Berlin. Now Stacey Kent's furniture is returning this characteristic dappled material to its former glory in the city.

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Author: Eva Apraku

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12439 Berlin-Niederschöneweide

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