The Bilge Lounge is made from reclaimed bourbon barrel staves and leaf springs from New York City fire trucks. The springs provide a comfortable give to the chair.
Fans of reclaimed wood looking to bring home a subtle American West vibe will love Uhuru Design’s new Snowfenced Reclaimed Table.
This post is for my friend Hilary – who loved the Coney Island Boardwalk so much she wrote a grant to go there.
UHURU co-founders Bill Hilgendorf and Jason Horvath were recognized for their innovation in their field and selected to be amongst the 40. Their original Cyclone Lounger fabricated from reclaimed Coney Island Boardwalk ipe was acquired by the museum for its permanent collection for the exhibition.
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.
uhuru, to me, may have been the most impressive furniture designers I saw at BKLYN Designs in terms of their creative reuse of industrial products.
For example: the Stave Bench and the Bilge Lounge reuse whiskey barrels from the finest white oak. These barells are charred and used only once in the barreling process then discarded or sold.
uhuru purchases these barrels and leaves the barrells in a state very close to where they found them to make these beautiful chairs and tables shown above and below. This is what I would consider a very low energy intensive form of recycling which in my mind is the best form of recycling.
But uhuru’s commitment to this type of recycling does not stop with whiskey barrels. They have a variety of products that make use of whatever industrial scrap might be around. Their website features products such as the Fenced In Table made from repourposed fence parts- this table you won’t believe.