Recycled Wooden Chairs Made from Gym Floors

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Inspired by the Olympics, these chairs are called Project Won. The furniture maker, James Henry Austin, has made them out of wood from old gym flooring.

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.

© James Austin

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.

© James Austin

The individual planks are hand sanded, leaving the original sports lines on display and then re-coated with a natural wax oil.

© James Austin

They have purposely been left to look rough and slightly unfinished, with a rather traditional look rather than slick and ultra-modern.

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