Upcycle design is generally made by giving one object or material a second life. Sometimes designers find a way to use two objects and upcycle them into one new product. And last week I came across a product that actually uses three different upcycled objects. The upcycle design I stumbled upon is a piece of furniture, a bench.
A bench made out of three upcycled items
Today’s featured upcycle design is a ‘Coffee Sack Storage Bench‘ by Recycled Brooklyn. The company is founded by two brothers, Matt and Steve Loftice, and based in….. you guessed it, Brooklyn | New York. To create this bench they used reclaimed wood, old hairpin legs and coffee sacks. These sacks come from the seeming endless number of independent coffee houses who are more than willing to let them upcycle the sacks.
Matt and Steve Loftice have quite different interests and tastes in design. ” We’ve always shared the common belief that indirectly led to the founding of our shop, Recycled Brooklyn — with more than enough usable material already in circulation, there’s really no reason not to put something old to new use. That was certainly the case when a mutual friend asked us to build her a desk, something we did using an old door and some discarded pipe.”
“We’d each been furnishing our homes with items we’d built ourselves for years but once we started designing and building for friends, turning it into a business didn’t seem quite so far-fetched. I guess it doesn’t hurt when someone walks into your apartment and gushes over something you’ve built using little more than a hammer and some old lumber, then asks you to build one for them and one for their brother.”
Photos © Recycled Brooklyn
The thing I like best about this bench, besides the storage functionality, is the fantastic typography and fabric which gives this furniture so much character.
If you like this bench you should definitely check out their collection of upcycle design furniture. It ranges from seating to wardrobes, tables, desks, consoles and even mirrors.