In the previous post here on this blog you could read that upcycle design is about recognition. Seeing an upcycled object and recognising its origin, contributes to the popularity of upcycle design. And in my case finding and seeing an object that’s upcycled in such an original way, certainly makes my day. I’m always glad when I see that discarded objects are given a new function and thereby a second life. But sometimes upcycleDZINE is able to show really impressive pieces like Eking It Out by Rupert Herring. Far out one of the most popular upcycle designs here at upcycleDZINE.
Bed frame preserves its character
So what about taking an old broken bed frame and turning it into a coffee table? That’s exactly what happened with upcycle design called Grace Coffee Table. It’s a creation by Bernardo Urbina Design, founded by Bernardo Urbina and based in Cebu City | Philippines. Cebu island is seen as the ‘furniture capital of Southeast Asia’.
This coffee table was designed with the aim of preserving the character of the bed frame. The bed header holds the half inch glass from underneath, creating a unique balance between wood and glass.
Bernardo was born and raised in Costa Rica and has traveled the world for 8 years designing furniture. He has lived in New York and Milan, two design capitals that influenced his value in design aesthetics and function. One of his jobs was that of senior designer for prestigious Filipino designer Vito Selma.
“It has been a challenge, but my furniture comes from up-cycling of material, from debris left by a natural disaster, to railway wood used 100 of years ago that most people would see as trash. I consider my self to lucky to see value in material where others see none.”
Photos © Bernardo Urbina Design
He’s dedicated to exploring new material treatment methods of wood, metal, and rope. Currently he has developed ‘Tacloban Prevails‘, a furniture line that partners with victims of the Typhoon Haiyan to give their scrap wood new life.
If you’re looking for an eye-catcher in your living room, this Grace Coffee Table might be it.