Recycled Wooden Chairs Made from Gym Floors
James Henry Austin is a small design company with an environmental ethos. They have a "strong desire to create beautiful, usable and sustainable environments". Each piece of the furniture is handmade, one at a time, using artisanal joinery techniques.
First admired in Inhabitat, Austin has salvaged hardwood floorboards as the material for these new pieces. He has kept the painted lines as part of the design. It's a nod to the Olympics and the furniture's history.
The individual planks are hand sanded, leaving the original sports lines on display and then re-coated with a natural wax oil.
They have purposely been left to look rough and slightly unfinished, with a rather traditional look rather than slick and ultra-modern.