After a lifetime of fire-fighting duty, fire hoses are reappearing as stylish bags, belts and dog toys. Oakland, California company Oxgut Hose Co. takes another tack by turning these hoses "with a heroic past" into high-end furniture and accessories, instead of clogging up landfills.
Seen over at Design Milk, Oxgut (named after the chosen hose material of olden days -- not today, of course) handcrafts all its pieces from hoses salvaged from American fire departments, turning them into colourful woven mats, elegant chairs, purses and even eyeglass holders.
The designers explain their motivation behind their one-of-a-kind creations:
The thing is – tons of fire hose winds up as land fill across the U.S. each month. Until now, most fire departments simply didn't have an alternative. Hose fails at some point and becomes unsafe. And, what can't be donated gets thrown out. (Which can also mean a hefty expense in disposal fees.)
Once we were introduced to this rugged, resilient material, its many forms and its wildly unique aura... we couldn't put it down. We now know more about fire hose than we ever imagined. We're hooked!
We're hooked too -- after all, who would have thought that boring old fire hose could be transformed into these brilliant implements for lazing around?
We love this transformation of ultra-pragmatic materials into modern, upcycled chic. Even better, a portion of Oxgut's profits go directly to The Children's Burn Foundation, and they've set up a Kickstarter campaign to help expand their operations (they need a used forklift, among other things). For more info and to join their mailing list, see the Oxgut website.