As a kid in the 80s, I pined to be a skateboarder (thank you, Gleaming the Cube). Unfortunately, my shaky balance and propensity for self-injury prevented me from reaching cool-skateboard-kid-status, although for a brief period I did try to dress the part (thank you Vans and Stussy).

Now, thanks to award-winning designer Jason Podlaski of Deckstool, those of us who admired skateboard culture and the graphic design aspect of the sport but who were too geeky and gawky to actually do the deed can decorate our homes with thrashed skate decks “harvested” from urban Philadelphia. 

Says the Deckstool website:

Broken skateboards are a byproduct of our culture usually destined for the landfill. The deckstool recycles this waste into a unique, high-quality piece of furniture. The scrapes and scars on the decks create beautiful patterns over the original skateboard artwork. Every deckstool is meticulously built and finished by skilled craftsman in our Pennsylvania factory.
Most Deckstools retail for under $200. Have bits and pieces of a broken Anti Hero deck shoved away in storage? Send it in to Deckstool and for a bit more, Podlaksi and co. will transform it into a custom piece of functional furniture.

And if you’re in Philly this weekend, slip on your hemp IPATHs and skate on down to Fishtown’s VGroove Studios where Podlaski’s trashed creations will be on full display. C'mon, all the cool kids are doing it. 

Via [Inhabitat]

Photos: Deckstool

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Decked out
Looking to relive your <i>Thrasher</i> days? Designer Jason Podlaski works green design magic ... with recycled skateboards.