Integrating the sensory joys of nature into everyday furniture takes some creativity; the skillful combination of the two was the reason why we previously raved about Brooklyn-based collaborative design studio Autumn Workshop. Following along with their aim to reuse and recycle found materials into functional furniture, they've recently come up with some beautiful pieces made from salvaged crates and an old metal letterbox.
Using a windfall of 70 discarded, hologram-carrying 1/2" plywood crates destined for the dumpster, studio founder Daniel Goers fashioned a set of furniture, including a credenza, bed and this simple but striking set of chairs. He explains:
The design uses the printed graphics to inform the user how to interact with the storage components of the furniture.
Each chair has a drawer in its base, and a compartment in its back. Plenty of room to keep those books, magazines, cat toys… Whatever you need…
Best of all, there was careful consideration to not waste a single piece of wood:
No extra wood was used in the fabrication of these chairs. The original crates were cut down, and the cut-offs were recycled back into the structure. The only new components were a small amount of piano hinge, Masonite for the drawers, and a pin to hold the lid of the back storage in place.
We love that the design carefully and thoughtfully incorporates the old purpose into the new form. Ditto for this neat sideboard table made out of an old steel letterbox cabinet, layered with hardwood scraps:
The wood panels includes scraps of oak, cherry, maple, and ipé. Tapered oak legs bring the cabinet up to a comfortable height. The wood is treated with several coats of tung oil, causing the various grains and colors of the wood to glow! A beautiful mash-up of reused sheet metal cabinets with all those small hardwood scraps which we never want to throw away (even though they clutter the shop).
There's definitely a lot of love and character in these unique, recycled pieces that you can't find in mass-produced furniture. Check out our previous post on Autumn Workshop and more info over on their site.