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RX Made is on a mission to turn materials from the waste stream into well-made, well-designed products for everyone.
RX Made is on a mission to turn materials from the waste stream into well-made, well-designed products for everyone.
573 backers pledged $42,032 to help bring this project to life.

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With this gift, you can give when you get, and get when you give. ~ Spin Magazine

It’s the ultimate feel-good purchase: you’re bringing something handmade into your home, helping minimize landfill dumping, and giving money to people who need a hand up. ~ Domestica // Chicago Home & Garden

What makes them different is that they blend a strong, contemporary design sensibility with a commitment to local manufacture and sustainable materials... This is a project you’ll want to back, and not just because you’ll receive cool goodies as a reward. You can back it knowing you are doing something good for not only for sparing the landfills of Chicago, but also for two great Made in USA companies. ~ Modestics

I like to feature up and coming companies that are making quality beautiful products... RX Made manages to pull that off with ease... ~ Grassroots Modern

Driven by a strong sense of domestic loyalty, Strand Design produces entirely in Chicago with materials sourced—and often recycled—from the greater urban area, extending that ethos to all RX products as well. ~ Cool Hunting

... if he’s a man of his country, help him sponsor RX Made's Kickstarter campaign... ~ Daily Candy

Looking for a unique gift this holiday season? A Chicago company that makes furniture out of garbage may have the answer... ~ CBS

OUR STORY



Founded in 2011 by Chicago Non-Profit Rebuilding Exchange, RX Made evolved out of what was originally a job training program to create skilled workers in the growing field of building deconstruction and materials reuse.

The trainees in the program were taught basic carpentry skills, and learned to create furniture from reclaimed building materials salvaged in Chicago. From these beginnings, we have since transformed into a small furniture production shop, hiring both graduates from the training program and talented builders from the furniture making community here in Chicago.


OUR INSPIRATION


Over the past year, we’ve received such an enthusiastic response to our furniture line that we wanted to explore producing a greater variety of products utilizing reclaimed and locally produced materials. We also wanted to make these products in the same way that we make our furniture; using local sourcing, local design, and local craftspeople. We are made in the USA.


OUR PROCESS

As we started to ponder this idea, we realized we had lots of questions. What should we make? Where would we get parts that we can’t make ourselves? What could these products look like? As we looked out into the design community to help us extend our product possibilities, we reached out to Strand Design, a Chicago based firm that for four years has been designing locally manufactured products. Strand Design was a natural choice to help us launch a product line that could blend creative design with reclaimed materials, as well as help us pilot a model that supports local manufacturers and designers.

Strand has designed and fully prototyped three products specifically for RX Made, taking into account our material resources and the production capabilities of our small shop. 

Every sourcing and production detail has been considered, and with the help of Strand Design, we were able to domestically source all of the components for this project, (everything from hardware and material finishes to clock movements and laser cut steel) with most pieces coming from Chicago and the Great Lakes Region.

All we need to get started is the support of you, our backers! We are so excited with the results of this collaboration, and are so excited for everyone to be a part of helping us make this project happen!

When you support RX Made on Kickstarter, you help us:

  • Reclaim community "waste" and turn it into an asset
  • Create jobs for local designers and manufacturers, and:
  • Start production of the first edition of designs manufactured by
    RX Made in collaboration with Strand Design

STRAND DESIGN FOR RX MADE: THE PRODUCTS

The RX Made Bottle Opener is made from reclaimed floor boards salvaged from deconstructed buildings in Chicago and locally fabricated stainless steel. The heat brand on the handle was made by a local manufacturer in Chicago, and all of the hardware is U.S. made.

The RX Made Wall Clock was designed with small scraps that accumulate in the wood shop in mind. Each clock is made from locally sourced Ash from Horigan Urban Forest Products, a unique lumber resource. Rather than contributing to deforestation, urban lumber comes from trees that would commonly be turned into mulch, burned, or otherwise destroyed; In the case of the Ash used in this design, it comes from trees that have succumbed to the Emerald Ash Borer blight. The clock is held together with a steel plate manufactured in Chicago, and U.S. made hardware. The quartz movement is manufactured in California, and the hands are manufactured in Rhode Island.

The RX Made Modular System is designed to work with reclaimed dimensional lumber, and can be made into a bench or a bookcase. If you happen to have some nice old-growth 2" x 12" boards from a recent project lying around, the DIY Kit is for you!

If you want a great bookcase or bench, we're offering both urban sourced Ash and reclaimed lumber for the shelves and bench top. The bookcase shelves are 4' wide and 11" deep, and the bench top is 5' and 11" deep. The laser cut steel components are manufactured and powder coated in Chicago. The shelves are finished with Tung oil manufactured in Iowa. All U.S. made hardware.

Detail of Reclaimed Lumber Shelves
Detail of Reclaimed Lumber Shelves
Detail of Ash Shelves
Detail of Ash Shelves


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Risks and challenges

RISKS & CHALLENGES:

In using reclaimed materials, we confront a lot more material variation and variability in our sourcing than most manufacturers, making consistent processing a constantly fun challenge.

This is also our first production run partnering with outside manufacturers, so we will be dealing with outside factors for the first time such as potential manufacturer delays, shipping problems, etc.

While RX Made has production experience, this is our largest production project to date.

We also will be making our first foray into shipping with this project, and while neither rain nor snow may be the case, we are preparing for the new challenges of lost items, missed addresses, and damaged goods.

Essentially, its a bigger version of what we already do, and although scaling up presents its own challenges, we feel pretty ready. We are so excited about this project!

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    RX Made 1" Button. A great way to show your support for RX Made; A classic 1" button with the RX logo. Made by Chicago’s very own Busy Beaver Button Co.

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    RX Made Wooden Ruler. A one-foot wooden ruler engraved with The RX logo. Made in Chicago from reclaimed lumber.

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    The Beerclaw Bottle Opener. Sure to become the most useful tool in your house (or garage), The Beerclaw helps you effortlessly remove the caps from your favorite beverages. Made in Chicago from stainless steel and reclaimed lumber. Designed by Strand Design for RX Made.

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    Delivered in time for the holidays! The Beerclaw Bottle Opener. Sure to become the most useful tool in your house (or garage), The Beerclaw helps you effortlessly remove the caps from your favorite beverages. Made in Chicago from stainless steel and reclaimed lumber. Designed by Strand Design for RX Made.

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    Pie in a Box! Swing by Bang Bang Pie Shop in Chicago, and walk away with a pie of your choosing in a handcrafted box by Rx Made. Sure to be a crowd pleaser!

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    RX Made T-Shirt by Kiyomi Kimble: Limited edition!
    Locally screen printed design on American Apparel shirts. Available in grey, coffee and hot pink. Check http://bit.ly/XhdojA for available colors and sizes.

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    Thank you pie social at Bang-Bang Pie Shop in Chicago, IL. Learn about the making of this project while eating Bang Bang's best pies with the design and build team.

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    The Timepiece Wall Clock. A minimal wall clock that shows off the richness of urban lumber. Made in Chicago from urban lumber and fabricated steel. Designed by Strand Design for RX Made. Shipping is additional.

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    The Stackit Bench with reclaimed lumber top. Modular steel bases turn scrap dimensional lumber into a sleek, modern bench. White powder-coated steel base pieces, reclaimed lumber top from buildings deconstructed around Chicago. Made in Chicago. Designed by Strand Design for RX Made. (5 feet long by 11 inches wide, 18 inches tall) Hardware included. Assembly required. Shipping is additional.

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    The Stackit Bench with urban ash top. White powder-coated steel base pieces, urban ash bench top. Made in Chicago. Designed by Strand Design for RX Made. (5 feet long by 11 inches wide, 18 inches tall) Hardware included. Assembly required. Shipping is additional.

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    The Stackit DIY Bookcase Kit. Includes one pair of white powder-coated steel bases shelf risers. Turn your own scrap lumber into a sturdy and stylish bookcase. Ideally used with wood beams that are 11" wide. Made in Chicago. Designed by Strand Design for RX Made. Hardware included. Assembly required. Wood NOT included. Shipping is additional. View assembly directions here: http://bit.ly/U72S7W

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    The Stackit Bookcase with reclaimed lumber shelves. If you don't happen to have any scrap lumber lying around, don't worry! You can still have a Stackit Bookcase! White powder-coated steel bases and shelf risers, and two reclaimed lumber shelves made from wood deconstructed in and around Chicago. (4 feet long by 11 inches wide) Made in Chicago. Designed by Strand Design for RX Made. Hardware included. Assembly required. Shipping is additional.

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    The Stackit Bookcase with urban ash shelves. Includes white powder-coated steel bases and shelf risers, and two urban ash wood shelves. (4 feet long by 11 inches wide) Made in Chicago. Designed by Strand Design for RX Made. Hardware included. Assembly required. Shipping is additional.

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    The entire Strand Design for RX Made Collection: One Beerclaw, one Timepiece Wall Clock, and The Stackit Bookcase with urban ash shelving. Hardware included. Assembly required for Stackit. Shipping is additional.

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    A private, custom workshop for ten at the Rebuilding Exchange wood shop. Bring nine of your favorite people and spend the day in our wood shop ... you'll each go home with a dream project. Class is led by Blake Sloane, who will help you design your piece. Outdoor chairs? Headboards? You decide!

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    A yearlong pass to any workshop taught at Rebuilding Exchange (based on availability) with Blake Sloane, the RX Made shop manager.

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    A private party at Strand Design's studio for you and nine guests. The only thing that the Strand Design team loves more than locally made design is locally made food; Join the designers for an evening of great food, design, and conversation!

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