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.
Rasmussen's other furniture designs are equally delectable and sustainably-minded, as he often works with FSC-certified or reclaimed wood, with many of his forms being inspired by nature. Seen here, for example, is this series of gorgeous painted side tables that recalls artichokes, cabbages and geodes that have been sliced open.
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.