I recently partnered with an aircraft services company to create Skyforge Industries. We have been digging into their vast cache of commercial jet parts to create minimal, honest furniture pieces that show the utilitarian beauty of the retired parts. Here is one of our first prototypes.
Another view of our prototype MD-80 turbine dining table. More prototypes coming soon!
I was invited to co-design and build an amazing lounge at Sundance 2014 for Airbnb by Salt Lake's incredible WOW Atelier. I designed some of the details for the space, like these dining tables and benches. Playing on the salvaged wood idea, I wanted to evoke a seaside, salt-washed Scandinavian feel, like tables made from an old boathouse on the fjord.
We made enough tables to seat 120 people for a single dinner. I individually stained each plank in our cool wintery palette before they were assembled into tables. We wanted to do beer-garden style common tables, but I felt like we needed to give the idea an update, so I cut the ends of the tables into shallow angles, so when we put them together they made a subtle zig-zag.
Another detail I designed for the Airbnb Haus was these coat racks. The cold climate of the Sundance festival means tons of coats and bags. I wanted to entice people to hang their coats rather than throw them on the furniture. Playing on the cabin vibe, I ordered hatchets off the internet and we assembled them into these units.
Another axe-murderer's coat rack.
These are my Atomic Pile table lamps. The stacks are made from salvaged hygrometers (instruments for measuring moisture in soil) I bought for $15 each at a salvage place. I took them apart, had the aluminum stripped and polished, and built these steel bases for them. This is what the hygrometers looked like before the project.
Another shot of the Atomic Pile table lamps. I think the 11" bulbs poking out the top give them a nice Frankenstein's lab flair.
George Washington chairs, made from flea-market granny chairs reupholstered with $2 a yard Washington State nylon flags from a blemished roll.
Second World War salvaged 500 lb. bomb-tails modified for succulent container gardens.
Spring chairs using 95% recycled materials. Springs are salvaged Second World War heavy truck springs, seats are salvaged 3-form plastic from a restaurant remodeling, square tube steel salvaged from struck movie-set.
Dining table lamp, made from two salvaged commercial light-cans and cross-reed glass lenses.
Underside of the dining table lamp, showing the suspended glass lenses.
Coat rack, made from salvaged antique gas pump handles and black steel pipe and fittings. Mounted on a cement filled tire.
Coffee table, built from salvaged steel bar-grate.
Floor lamp, made from a rectangular plywood base box and salvaged 1960's department store, ceiling-mounted light fixtures.
Opium side tables. I call them that because of the poppy-bud silhouette.
Floor lamps, made from salvaged 1920's automotive head light housings and custom steel bases.
Detail of the beautiful 1920's automotive head light housing and it's intact glass lens, now turning purple with age.
Custom liquor cabinet, made from a salvaged seismograph housing.
"Candelabra" light, made from four strips of high-frequency neon and chemist's clamps.
Shelving system. A midnight raid on a steel scrapyard procured scrapped I-beam's, which I sliced into short sections to create the uprights that hold up the salvaged ply and angle-iron shelves.
A closer look at the "liberated" I-beam uprights.
"Blamps", my nick-name for these sleek, beautiful stairway pendant lamps I made from salvaged 106mm Howitzer shells.
A shot showing the cool dappled light effect made by the "Blamp".
This strange, Zeplin-like dining room or desk light is actually two 1970's, Colonial style porch sconces I found at a second hand store. I stripped away the faux, decorative bits and found I could reconfigure them because of unversal bolts and threaded holes used to assemble them. I removed the glass in what became the top half and made aluminum pieces that reflect the light downward.
A clearer view of the inside of my Zeplin light.
I salvaged a bunch of hand painted, period signs we used on a movie from the trash, cut them into 15"x15" squares and tiled two walls of my friend's graphic design office with them. They were thrilled with the result, and the feedback from clients has been great.
Another view of the salvaged, chopped-up sign collage I made for a graphic design firm.