Purpose Restoration, a Los Angeles-based collective dedicated to “the craft of furniture restoration and reinvention,” is in the business of transforming busted-up, dust-collecting, and dump-prone furnishings into new objects that are both environmentally sustainable and eye-catching. 

Jason Fox, a graduate of the Pratt Institute and Purpose Restoration’s founder, tells the L.A. at Home blog that the “graphic edge” bestowed to the furnishings recycled by his firm is inspired by Japanese graphic design, tattoo art and graffiti but that “we don’t want out pieces to look like Ed Hardy.”

The eco-guided handiwork of Purpose Restoration — a Green America-certified business, by the way — doesn’t tread into Hardy territory but some pieces, in my opinion, are a bit too much although still certainly impressive in their artistry. Perhaps it's just a matter of taste. Below, I’ve picked out my favorite PR furniture rescue-and-revamp jobs: the Folded Hands Dresser, the Butcher (my favorite … an old TV stand transformed into a wheeled kitchen cart), and the Shadow Dresser

Last night, Purpose Restoration showed nine of their pieces at Culver City photo studio High Profile Productions. And if you'd rather buy than admire, Fox and co. perform custom commissions for clients providing their own old, unloved furniture or you can choose from an array of existing restorations. Cool stuff. 
Photos: Purpose Restoration 

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Restoration with a pop-inspired purpose
Taking cues from Japanese graphic design, tattoo art and graffiti (but not Ed Hardy), Purpose Restoration rescues and revamps landfill-bound furnishings.