Jonathan MorganCraftsman/Visual Artist
• Art & Research Blog •
I’d be damn proud to display this piece of recycled furniture in my place. Hell, nearly all of the design work by the firm Marama, who made this, is beautiful.
The issue with a lot of recycled furniture is that it just looks too chaotic or sloppy. Functionality is treated as an element that needs to be snuck into a haphazard assemblage of old doors, chests, etc. These designs do a great job in exploiting the natural advantages of each object’s initial form and design. The photo here is a great example. The shipping crate is naturally a solid cube and has thus been converted into an end table with internal storage. There’s even a sense of romanticism in respecting the form as it was initially built instead of destroying it and cannibalizing the crate for its materials.