We are Matt and Steve Loftice, brothers who canât seem to shake free of one another no matter how hard we try. We were born in New York but raised in Colorado, Steve came back to the city in 2000 to pursue an advertising career and I followed suit about a year later. We did our best to stay away from one another as we kicked around the city but like all things inevitable and redundant, it happened again â we each chose the leafy suburbs over the hustle and bustle and settled in North Brooklyn neighborhoods, not more than a few subway stops between us.
While we have vastly different interests and tastes in design, weâve always shared the common belief that indirectly led to the founding of our shop, RecycledBrooklyn â with more than enough usable material already in circulation, thereâs really no reason not to put something old to new use. That was certainly the case when a mutual friend asked us to build her a desk, something we did using an old door and some discarded pipe. Weâd each been furnishing our homes with items weâd built ourselves for years but once we started designing and building for friends, turning it into a business didnât seem quite so far-fetched. I guess it doesnât hurt when someone walks into your apartment and gushes over something youâve built using little more than a hammer and some old lumber, then asks you to build one for them and one for their brother and maybe, if youâre not too busy, one for a wedding thatâs coming up in a few weeks. Anywayâ¦
What started as a conversation in Steveâs kitchen has quickly grown to become a full-scale design and fabrication shop. We work mostly with salvaged fir floor beams and recycled iron but weâre always on the lookout for the perfect old door.