Insects Spur Colorado Furniture Design Trend

By Michaelle Bradford | Posted: 12/04/2012 9:38AM


Mountain Pine Beetles are destroying many forests in Western North America, but residents of Colorado are making the best out of a bad situation, creating a new interior furniture design trend out of the damaged wood stained blue by the insect.

The now "trendy" wood is showing up in everything from kitchen cabinets to coffins. Custom closets or home offices for cabins or homes with rustic interior design styles are also potential applications for this blue beetle-killed wood.

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article a developer is planning a ski resort, AltaColorado, with "homes made almost entirely out of blue beetle-killed wood, including walls, bed frames, cabinets, and the finishes in the lobby." And, Charise Buckley of Beetlekill Blues, designs sustainable custom furniture with the wood. Furniture collections featured on her site include tables, armoires and chests.

Another company, Azure Furniture, founded by Corbin Clay in 2009, makes modern furniture out of the pine beetle-killed trees. Clay's goal in starting Azure was to create a new market for environmentally conscious furniture buyers.


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Michaelle Bradford

Michaelle Bradford

Michaelle Bradford is Managing Editor of Woodworking Network magazine and Custom Built Interiors Weekly eNewsletter. She can be reached at or Google+.

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