How long has it been since you thought about your elementary school desk? Mine was made from a combination of metal and some type of faux wood (perfect for graffiti), with an open slot underneath for my notebooks and pencils. It came with a tiny little chair made from similar materials.
After years and years of abuse from young kids, it eventually becomes necessary to replace school equipment like desks, tables, and chairs. Although they may be covered in dings and scuff marks, most of this equipment is perfectly usable, albeit a little small for the average adult. Instead of letting all this equipment end up in the landfill, LA-based designer Dexter Zhao decided to upcycle it into nostalgic furniture that will allow us to continue the learning experience.
via Intelligent Furniture Upcycled From Discarded School Equipment | Earthtechling.
Looks like wood recyclers extraordinaire Uhuru have done it again, this time with a neat new school-inspired desk revealed at 12 x 12 during New York Design Week. The exhibition showcased 12 contemporary furniture designers who worked with reclaimed lumber from 12 demolished NYC locations, and Uhuru’s task was transforming scaffolding wood from PS 017 Henry David Thoreau School in Long Island City. Founders Jason Horvath and Bill Hilgendorf said they were inspired by the educational roots of this wood and that’s why they decided to make an updated school desk.
via Uhuru Creates Neat School-Inspired Desks Out of Reclaimed NYC Wood | Inhabitat New York City.
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