From Salvage Yard to Bespoke Furniture: EcoFAB Turns Waste into Wonder – CU Denver News

From Salvage Yard to Bespoke Furniture: EcoFAB Turns Waste into Wonder – CU Denver News

Professor and architect Julee Herdt has been green since before green was anything but a color. Which is to say, she’s been designing and creating with environmentally friendly materials, processes, and finishes for a long time. In fact, she holds the first two patents ever issued to a faculty member at the College of Architecture and Planning for her bio-based construction materials BioSIPs and has a CU Denver-spinoff materials company. And she passes on her eco-conscious techniques to students in her EcoFAB green-build class.

Revampt in Cherry Creek Sells Architecture Students Work

Last week, Herdt’s fall semester students met with Daniel Louis, a Denver native with a background in fine art who owns Revampt, a gallery that focuses on eco-friendly products. Located in Cherry Creek North, Revampt has been selling sustainable products for almost 10 years. Louis was at CU Denver to meet Herdt’s students—and see their work. He chooses a few pieces every semester for Revampt. “I love Julee’s class, and I’ve always tried to participate in any way I can,” he said. “We’ve sold some pretty extravagant pieces that the students have made.” 

coffee table by CAP student Lema Alali
Coffee table by undergraduate architecture student Lema Alali

The first object that caught Louis’ attention was a coffee table fabricated by Lema Alali, an undergraduate student studying architecture. The table features a beautifully twisted section of tree trunk. The tangled monolith came from her family’s cabin in Bailey,
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