In some cases the rust and weather patterns on the metal are enough to make for an incredibly unique piece of custom-built furniture, while in other instances there is already some form of art present on the vehicle which becomes memorialized in the resulting work.
For the purists among us, who are upset by me cutting up an old car, I remind myself that it was to be crushed and that there wasn’t enough left of her to be the basis of a restoration.
Bendetto, known for his visual puns, modified the vehicle to accommodate his feathered friends by gutting the interior and extending the doors and rear with wood and chicken wire. Dubbed, “La Voiture de Police Poulailler”, the piece of social commentary is also an excellent example of creative upcycling.
Inhabitat is covering an article on a deconstructed Citronen H Van into a parklet. I don’t need any more than that to be happy, do you?
San Francisco has been steadily adding to its fleet of parklets — mini parks that replace former parking spaces — and one of the most recent additions is a vintage Citroën H Van that has been deconstructed and reconfigured into a public seating area. The front and rear of the old truck remain intact, but the interior has been taken out and replaced with a 21-foot public seating area, complete with benches, a table, and several planters. The new parklet was designed by San Francisco-based design firm Rebar, and it’s located in front of the Rapha Cycle Club in San Francisco’s Marina District.
This piece is so much more than just a CHANDELIER.
The front is a real 1949 Packard grill.the The front wheels are off an old 57 Chevy. The back wheels are only 6 inches high. You can see by its perfect scaling,it looks like an optical illusion.
There are 4 halogen LIGHTS on the bottom. The body is made of fiberglass and the wood trim is mahogany. This is the perfect LIGHTING over a bar or pool table.
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In this project, Leger Wanaselja Architecture remodeled and added to a 100 year old house and adjacent concrete block shop in Berkeley, California. Raising up the two and a half story house and building a new commercial space below created a compound of two street level commercial spaces with two residential units above. Rather than simply refurbishing the existing buildings, we salvaged them. Recombining building elements with discarded auto parts and recycled materials, we created a modern, sun-filled architecture that uses a minimum of new material. Several energy saving measures were included throughout that project that taken together dramatically improved energy performance. Residences now use less than a third as much gas as those in similar buildings of this era. Cutting edge at the time of completion, this project won both national and local AIA awards for green design.
Reduce Reuse Recycle, Re-invent — There’s an old saying that “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” Some junk is just that until recycled or upcycled into treasure.
The mixed use project is not only energy efficient but also fun. The junk yard became Karl Wanaselja’s palette. Some 14 million cars are junked a year, so the pickings are ripe, and he sees no shortage of parts in the future The San Francisco Bay Area, he says, is a great resource – a hub — for scrap metal. Much of the metal is gathered in yards to be sold overseas. The road and street signs, some from as far away as Wyoming, cost $1.00 a pound – he bought three and a half tons from four salvage yards. Wanaselja used the street signs as pickets and siding. For the picket fence gate that leads into the courtyard, one can read the street names. He reversed the aluminum signs and used them as siding on much of the project – the back sides are silver.
I happen to run across a late 40s early 50s Ford tailgate, and knew it would be perfect for this “bench idea” that I had stored in my head.
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I like to think that rePACK bags are more than just a way to carry things from point A to B. Each bag is made up of materials hand picked from local junkyards. All the pieces are cleaned and cut down to size. I then hand-pick the pieces that go into each bag, making each bag indisputably unique. I then give the pieces to my friend Harry, who operates a company that has been in the leather business over 60 years! When I get them back I inspect each bag and give the seams and straps a few tugs to make sure everything has been constructed correctly and meets my high quality specifications.
Leger Wanaselja Architecture continues its pursuit of salvage and reuse in this Berkeley residence. Over 100 salvaged car roofs cover the upper walls of this house. The roofs were sawed out of grey cars left for parts in local junk yards. The lower walls are clad in poplar bark, a waste product from the furniture industry of North Carolina. The awnings are fabricated from junked Dodge Caravan side windows. Once advertised as “America’s best selling minivan”, now a common item in junk yards.
The house is a 2 bedroom infill in the heart of one of Berkeley, California’s oldest residential neighborhoods, near the downtown core. The unique curves make the house appear small on the outside. However it is big on the inside with high ceilings, wide open spaces, and big windows and doors to the garden.
My friends often ask me what I would like to do for a living, maybe because I complain about the jobs I currently do. If ever there was a post that nailed my dream job it is this one. With the caveat that I would be driving the 1968 El Camino instead of cutting it apart to make a bench!
Artist Colin Selig makes benches for municipal buildings and parks — and, of course, for rich people’s private courtyards, because a guy’s gotta eat — out of recycled propane tanks and car parts. The bench above is made from a 1968 El Camino.
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