There are different ways one can create upcycle design. For instance by using scrap, leftovers or waste. By doing it this way the designer can give the used parts a function that’s related to the original object but in a completely different way. A nice example of what I mean is a collection recognizable by its furniture legs showing inside out.

Table shows the beauty within

These handmade creations are by designer Rupert Herring who studied Design and visual art, contemporary craft at UNITEC Institute of Technology in Auckland | New Zealand. One of his creations is a coffee table called ‘Eking It Out‘. This unique piece of furniture is a conglomeration of table legs and balustrades made out of a large variety of timbers. Dimensions: 60 cm high, 65 cm long, 60 cm wide.

Eking It Out: table legs furniture by Rupert Herring – upcycleDZINE
Eking It Out: table legs furniture by Rupert Herring – upcycleDZINE
Eking It Out: table legs furniture by Rupert Herring – upcycleDZINE
Rupert Herring:

“In a sense it is recycled twice, all the pieces are off cuts from other projects, which were also created from recycled material. As with my other work in the series, this is an investigation of material and what lies beneath it’s surface, finding a beauty within. It’s about minimising waste, making do with what you have and to a certain extent allowing the material to govern the form.”

We consume and consume and always want something new without thinking about the impact on our beautiful planet. That’s why Rupert’s work is all about re-using and upcycling what is already out there.

Eking It Out: table legs furniture by Rupert Herring – upcycleDZINE

“I utilize my skills and experience as a cabinet maker to make something new from something old. These novel and aesthetically pleasing objects are generated from wood off-cuts and waste. I see these cast-offs in a new light and try to extend its life, which might mean re-purposing it. In a world of choice, the limitation of using what is cheap, readily available & sustainable is liberating. Finding use where it is not necessarily obvious. The works are also nostalgic visions in a world of throwaway excess and economic efficiency gone awry.”

Eking It Out: table legs furniture by Rupert Herring – upcycleDZINE

Furniture with table legs turned inside out

Another great creation is a series of tables. These tables are made from newel posts and balustrades, all reclaimed of course. Herring turned the legs inside out to give a modern, square, angular look on the outside, and something of an ‘old colonial’ aesthetic on the interior. He likes the way they embody the concept of ‘negative space,’ almost as though they have been magically transfigured.

Furniture legs showing inside out, table and chairs by Rupert Herring | upcycleDZINE Furniture legs showing inside out, table from above by Rupert Herring | upcycleDZINE
Furniture legs showing inside out, table close-up by Rupert Herring | upcycleDZINE
Furniture legs showing inside out, table by Rupert Herring | upcycleDZINE
Photos © theclever and Rupert Herring

Eking It Out is a creation that’s part of an amazing collection of table leg furniture design. It shows once again how impressive, inspiring, and sustainable design can be when using discarded objects.

Design by Rupert Herring | Found on theclever

 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. You have a talent i wish i hade im 57 and now just getting started with working with wood my brother is a graphic designer and my grandfather was a old furniture maker from the 60s im building a shop to hop to pas to my son som day thank you for your work truly inspiration it opens the mind to ?????

    • Hi Dan, sorry for my late reply. Thanks for visiting my blog. Yes Rupert Hering is very creative and unique. But I guess you also must have some creative blood flowing?! Great that you’re building a shop. Really hope it all works out. And… you’re never to old to learn and to start something new 🙂

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