Recycled furniture goes modern

DENVER - As the saying goes, everything old is new again, and sometimes that includes modern furniture.

The appeal of modern design's spare lines and forms has combined with the desire to reduce, reuse and recycle, and the result is high-end, streamlined furniture and accessories for the home.

These often pricey items can't simply look good; they have to perform well, too.

'It's got to have all the qualities of any other kind of furniture or accessory you would normally buy,' says Jill Warner, owner of Mod Livin', which sells modern and retro furniture in Denver.

Anne and Trevor Webb have been making furniture for years in Los Angeles. Two years ago, they launched Urban Woods, primarily using lumber from old, demolished buildings.

Webb sees this trend in modern lines and form continuing.

In the end, she says a 'recycled' piece is one that's simply reused, because it doesn't require additional energy and resources to create.