Shutter doors…where they originally lived. Source:

There’s no doubt the earth friendly mantra “reduce, reuse, recycle” has been heard across the land. From this green cry, exciting and creative design techniques such as repurposing, refurbishing, rehabbing, and even upcycling have surfaced and are now being used just about everywhere. As we walk further down this road, we’re beginning to see amazing results that rival the poshest and highest end craftsmanship available such as today’s repurposed project created by Manoteca, an Italian design house that hand makes one-of-a-kind home objects. Thoughtfully reinvented, each piece is treated with respect and honored for its original materials. Don’t take my word for it, check out how these shutter doors (or street doors, as they put it) have been transformed into a convertible table desk, where the love is clearly in the details.

Table converts to desk.

The attention to detail is revealed along with the clever dual-purpose design.

Door table.

From exterior shutter doors to interior table, the transition is seamless, except for the beauty of reinvention we can clearly see.

Inside hidden pockets.


As we look closer, the quality of the added materials is respectful to the age and earned character of these repurposed shutters.

Table lid open.

From any angle, this beauty is unexpected and full of surprises: hidden pockets, removable pencil and utilities drawers, even a place to clamp on a work light. Brilliant.

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Photography by Skaie Knox, HomeJelly

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