DENVER — As the saying goes, everything old is new again, and sometimes that includes modern furniture.

DENVER — As the saying goes, everything old is new again, and sometimes that includes modern furniture.

The appeal of modern design's spare lines and forms has combined with the desire to reduce, reuse and recycle, and the result is high-end, streamlined furniture and accessories for the home.

These often pricey items can't simply look good; they have to perform well, too.

"It's got to have all the qualities of any other kind of furniture or accessory you would normally buy," says Jill Warner, owner of Mod Livin', which sells modern and retro furniture in Denver.

While going green appeals to many buyers, most people "don't want to spend more money because it's green," says Warner.

She maintains that design, pure and simple, drives a buyer's decision-making.

"As long as the design is modern and attractive, it will sell," she says of the furniture, some made from recycled materials, in her 10,000-square-foot store.

Anne and Trevor Webb have been making furniture for years in Los Angeles. Two years ago, they launched Urban Woods, primarily using lumber from old, demolished buildings.

"We use this old-growth and denser, harder, more beautiful Douglas fir," says Trevor Webb. "It's naturally resistant to bugs and rotting."

The Webbs use recycled wood because it's sustainable, but also because "you can't buy this quality of lumber if you go to a lumber yard," says Trevor Webb.

Urban Woods' modern design belies the stereotypes of recycled furniture: This is neither chunky nor country.

Webb sees this trend in modern lines and form continuing.

"People have started to get creative," he says.

Warner recommends looking for furniture made from recycled materials based on quality, texture and design.

In the end, she says a "recycled" piece is one that's simply reused because it doesn't require additional energy and resources to create.

"So, truly recycled products are vintage things you fix up and clean up," she says.

On the Net:

www.modlivin.com

www.urbanwoods.net