Salvage Secrets

Salvage Secrets

Transforming Reclaimed Materials Into Design Concepts

Book - 2011
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Sustainability and conservation are buzzwords in the construction and renovation of homes today. It's therefore no surprise that "salvage design"--reusing old building materials and other types of recycled goods--is becoming a popular technique, both for its environmentally friendly functionality and for its unique design aesthetic.

Here, award-winning designer Joanne Palmisano presents an inspiring, practical guide that is also a striking visual tour of the full range of interior design possibilities incorporating salvaged materials. From using recycled wood as vintage flooring or accent beams to reclaiming stone as a kitchen island or fitting salvaged tiles into a bathroom backsplash, the book covers a range of materials and design concepts for different rooms and supplies technical information about what to keep in mind (size, shape, color, structural needs, etc.), how to use the salvaged materials most effectively, and where to go to find them.

For more information, check out the Salvage Secrets blog to explore the online world of all things salvaged, recycled, upcycled, vintage and reclaimed.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393733396
Characteristics: 256 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 21 cm


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Sep 22, 2013

Often books on design are either practical and plain or only full of photographs with little guidance on how to create the same look in one’s own home. Salvage Secrets by Joanne Palmisano, with photographs by Susan Teare manages to be a design book with both. In the text, Palmisano gives guidance on using salvaged materials. She walks the reader through the steps of working with salvaged materials – where to find them, how to evaluate them, and how to make them work in the home. The first part of the book is organized by material with chapters on wood, glass, metal, stone, concrete, brick and ceramics. A later chapter is devoted to lighting. Palmisano argues throughout that using salvage is both good for the environment and the budget but also stresses that salvage shows a respect for our history and teaches us to use what we already have. The book ends with a portfolio of design concepts where the beautiful and striking photography by Teare no longer simply highlights each page of text, but becomes the narrative and demonstration of each design concept. The book includes a list of resources consulted and an index. It is an ideal book for anyone considering salvage in design.

Scout_WPL Jun 07, 2012

Good decorating book but salvage is usually associated with savings. In this case most salvaged items are special but not easily acquired

Jun 02, 2012

As an apartment dweller, I found this book useless. It is great, if you are trying to renovate your home using found materials. If you are looking for smaller scale recycling, find something else.


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