Tragedy can nonetheless lead to inspiring acts, like heavy-metal Bee Gees cover band Tragedy, 'cause if they can do the Brothers Gibb then you sure as hell can do it with Al Jarreau. For furniture spawned by a natural disaster, visit Recycled Brooklyn.
From an outer-bourougher awed by those who rebuilt their lives using whatever was on hand after Katrina, RB's an online shop of stylishly rustic home goods made from (you guessed it) repurposed odds and ends, sourced everywhere from online junk giveaways to the East River, where taking a dip could possibly mean giving away your own junk. Seriously, there's syphilis in them there waters! Check out the ish:
Plentiful table options include this joint made from old scaffolding planks and steel left over from previous projects. It registers at a slim 2" thick, features steel ends secured by screws, and's set on 2-rod hairpin legs, which aren't "as forgiving as 3-rod", or even "The One" Rod, as Stewart demands his legs hot.
Made-to-order desks are constructed using plumbing parts, pallet oak, glass paneling, and doors "that deserve a better fate than a dank NJ landfill", i.e., being sanded smooth, then having their paint removed via heat gun & putty knife, because "getting to the bare wood is a task but worth the sweat". Wait, you're still talking about desks, right?
There are also benches (sized from "mini" to "monster") made from wood planks, topped with foam pads, and covered with coffee sacks. And because you should get just what you want, he's happy to shoot over photos of "available sacks", which apparently all sit next to bare wood and are covered in sweat.
Since you're dying to know, each piece comes with an NYC transit map that pinpoints exactly where the parts of your new furniture came from, so you'll know if you're sitting on something scavenged during Nights on Broadway.