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Early experiments from the ’90s, “back when I was the materials guy,” says Allen. “They’re all combinations of virgin and recycled wood and plastic. I glued the sheets into blocks and turned them on a lathe. Now you’d laser-cut them or water-jet them, but at the time those technologies weren’t as advanced as they are now. One of my problems with the greening of the world is that it all ends up looking green, and what I was interested in was highlighting the beauty of these materials by combining old and new.”