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spice block

by Diane Ruengsorn
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Pinch Off The Ol' Block

Handmade by artisans with a taste for resourcefulness, this smooth, modern block made from salvaged mahogany wood from a Brooklyn window company epitomizes eco-chic. Two sanded grooves hold small heaps of salt, pepper or your spices du jour for easy seasoning.

Its simple lines optimize the rich luster of beautifully oiled mahogany, making it a streamlined and striking addition to even the simplest of counters or tabletops. Reclaimed wood finished with walnut oil and beeswax. Handmade in Brooklyn.

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reclaimed wood
9" L x 3" W x 2" H
Hand wash.
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Diane Ruengsorn

Diane Ruengsorn's diverse background informs her current initiative—her socially and environmentally responsible home furnishings company.

After graduating from Smith College, Diane began her career as a writer, covering technology and business trends. Interviewing political leaders and CEOs of Fortune 500 companies gave her great insight into the issues shaping industry and the environment.

Switching to design and receiving a master's degree from Pratt's Design Management Program, she was greatly influenced by her time spent apprenticing for a furniture designer/manufacturer. There, she witnessed the chemicals and materials that workers were exposed to on a daily basis.

She knew that there must be a better way to create products, with people friendly materials and methods that didn't harm people or the environment. Based on this idea, she founded her company and lives and works by the philosophy "live well, live right." She believes that you can have products that not only enhance your life, but also take into account the well being of other people and our planet.

Diane's designs have been featured in New York Magazine, Interior Design, and multiple features in the New York Times.

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