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Coney Island, USA: Thrills, chills and console tables
Although swaths of Brooklyn's most famous boardwalk have been demolished to make way for developments, Coney Island's wooden walkway lives on -- in your living room.
Wed, May 12, 2010 at 8:39 AM
Once construction of the shipping container-esque Red Hook Green
house that I blogged about
yesterday is completed, I know just the place the zero-energy building's inhabitants can turn for eco-furnishings. And it isn’t too far at all.
I’ve fawned over
Red Hook, Brooklyn-based sustainable furniture design firm Uhuru
before and I’ll do it once again: I’m really digging the Coney Island Line
created for NY Design Week
. The new line, which I recently had the chance to ogle at BKLYN Designs 2010
, consists of six limited-edition pieces — the Coney Island Lounger, the Wonder Coffee Table, the Drop End Table, the Boardwalk Console, the Drum Lamp, and the Saison Mirror — inspired by and even constructed
from bits and pieces of, you guessed it, Coney Island, USA
. And like past Uhuru creations, the Coney Island Line is clever and concept-y without being too over-the-top and is result of some truly top-notch craftsmanship.
Due to the finite nature of the line's primary material, wooden planks salvaged from Coney Island's famed boardwalk, only 10 pieces of each design will be produced. So those who want to own a real piece of the City of Fire before its completely plowed over
to make way for condos, you may want to consider a handsome new Uhuru coffee table or console in the near future.
The new Coney Island Line is crafted from reclaimed wood taken from the demolished iconic boardwalk. The Ipe wood, first installed on the boardwalk in the late 1940s, has weathered in the sun, salt, and snow for 70 years. The design is inspired by the duality of Coney Island — its whimsical, colorful summers and melancholy winters. The pieces interpret the architecture of the desolate dreamscape: low-rise buildings patched with signs and seasonal layers of paint, beneath the towering old-fashioned rollercoaster.
To view more photos of the Coney Island Line and learn more about Uhuru, head on over to the firm's website
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