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This Designer Recycles Tire Rubber Into Stylish Home Decor

By Kristin Hunt

Arielle Assouline-Lichten had her eureka moment when she was sitting at her desk, staring at a piece of recycled rubber. The material was intended to line the floor of a gym her architecture firm was designing, but Assouline-Lichten thought it could be something else. A coaster. Or maybe even a table. She began sketching out prototypes and pretty soon, Slash Objects was born.

This collection uses recycled and salvaged scraps in unexpected ways, melding industrial rubber with marble and brass to create chic home accents. It's the first of what Assouline-Lichten hopes are many twists on sustainable building materials — ones people aren't used to seeing in their living room. Here's how she sketched out the first line, where she gets that rubber, and what she hopes to tackle next.

The following Q&A has been edited for clarity, flow, and length.