Intricate recycled oil drum furniture is cut to look like lace

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Re-emerging as cabinets and survival kits, the cylindrical form of the oil drum has often been transformed into finer things that no longer have anything to do with its fossil fuel past.

French designers Anne and Philippe Guilbaud of Dentelles & Bidons (literally "lace & can") take a fanciful approach to recycling these metal containers, cutting each manually to transform them into functional chairs, lamps and cabinets that are also true works of art.

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The designers recount:

The concept that gave life to those creations was born 3 years ago during an ordinary family lunch; and it is in this relaxed atmosphere that the first idea occurred: combine the useful and aesthetic, and put our knowledge and expertise to good use for giving a new and colored life to set aside materials. While our society, in [a] deep conscience crisis, flirts with the ecology and recycling fundamentals, Dentelles & Bidons reveals itself in the spirit of recycling to create furniture closely designed as masterpieces.

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Recycling does take a particular, fanciful flourish in the Guilbauds' metal lacework; elaborate filagrees and exotic animal forms take shape on these made-new, vibrant surfaces. The consistent patterning creates a sense that the objects are bursting with movement and life -- telling stories, as it were.

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And it seems like there are so many stories here...! The Guilbauds have created a impressively uplifting collection, transmuting the facelessness of these former tools of the fossil fuel empire into something hopeful and imaginative, yet ultimately practical. More over at Dentelles & Bidons.

Tags: Furniture | Recycled Building Materials

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