Many colorful -- even psychedelic -- pieces of upcycled furniture have graced these pages, but probably none as subtle as this no-nonsense wingback chair by Colorado-based furniture designer David Rasmussen. Re-upholstered in a soft blue velvet, fitted with solid walnut arms and a signature button in the back, Rasmussen's ReDesign Chair is the result of a retro frame that was rescued from a used furniture shop, and given a modern twist.
This beautiful "Artichoke" table was made from re-sawn FSC oak, while artist Scott Harris painted the top with acrylics that were sanded flat to create a long-lasting surface.
Working with fellow designer Amee Hinkely, Rasmussen commandeered the legs from this "Lego" table from an old school chair.
This sturdy coffee table, consisting of a bundle of halved and squared pieces of reclaimed Douglas fir timbers and set in a framework of rosewood, is another interesting piece that plays with the idea of a revealed cross-section.
...rooted in the tradition of woodworking [and] driven by artistic design and aesthetic value. My work is crafted from ﬁne woods, and I am committed to using sustainable materials. My aesthetic reﬂects my love of the forms in nature, as well as Asian, Danish, and contemporary furniture. I mostly build functional furniture, but with a sculptural dimension.
Rasmussen's other chairs are simple and brightly colored, and also use sustainably-harvested maple and beetle-kill lodge pole pine, showing that even pest-damaged wood can still be transformed into something heirloom-quality (and structurally-sound!).
We'll be sure to keep an eye on what Rasmussen will create next. In the meanwhile, more of his elegant furniture on his website.