12 x 12 supplies twelve contemporary designers with the salvaged material of twelve demolished New York City buildings.
The 12 X 12 exhibitions celebrate some of the city’s best design work, supports job training and design education in under served communities and advocates for increased wood reclamation at demolition sites in New York City. Through these collaborative exhibitions, the salvaged material culture of a lost structure is renewed by contemporary design.
12 x 12 is organized by Sawkill Lumber Co. The initial exhibition of furniture design was co-sponsored by Brooklyn Woods, Build-It-Green and 3rd Ward. Each of these profit and not-for-profits incorporate locally sourced reclaimed woods into their work and programs. Sawkill Lumber Co., based in E. Windsor, CT, with an office in Brooklyn, specializes in reclaimed lumber from dismantled 19th to mid-20th c. structures in the Tri-state area, re-milling the woods into modern building products.
The second exhibition, 12 x 12 Jewelry and Knives, is a collaboration with Linhardt Design, a Manhattan based jewelry design company that is committed to creating beautiful jewelry pieces that are harmonious with the environment and socially connected.
The design works are auctioned off through the exhibitions with proceeds to benefit woodworking job training and design education in New York City, primarily through the not-for-profit Brooklyn Woods.