My recent post on Room & Board’s limited edition collection of handsome stools/side tables handcrafted from timber reclaimed from Thomas Edison’s phonograph factory in Wisconsin got me thinking about all the fantastic home furnishings made from unusual, even "historic" recycled/reclaimed materials I saw at the 2011 International Contemporary Furniture Fair back in May. Although I featured a couple of highlights immediately after the show — including the recycled law book tables of Derrick Methods Designs — join me as I rewind and take a look at another favorite: The War Craft Line from Uhuru Design.
I’m already prone to fawning over the work of sustainable furniture design firm Uhuru — a just-up-the-street neighbor of mine in Red Hook, Brooklyn — and their latest collection of furniture made from “materials that have been reclaimed, recycled, repurposed, reused or otherwise rejected from their original function” is no different.
Like the Coney Island Line — a limited-edition collection made from wooden planks salvaged from the old Coney Island boardwalk that debuted at BKLYN Designs 2010 (RIP) — the War Craft Line is a bit gimmicky but beautifully designed and executed and filled with (in this case, somewhat bloody) history.
Created specifically for NY Design Week 2011 and on display at the American Design Building as part of Sight Unseen’s fabulous, second-annual ICFF satellite event, NoHo Design District, the War Craft Line consists of several limited edition pieces crafted from reclaimed teak taken from the deck of the decommissioned battleship, the USS North Carolina.
It is to date one of the most decorated battleships in US naval history, was built at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in the 30's, and fought during WWII. By exploring and referencing the forms of the USS North Carolina, the pieces create a dialog between honoring those lost during the its various campaigns and exploring the inherently violent nature of modern war craft.
Love ‘em, especially that rocker. Take a closer look for yourself over at Uhuru Design.