If you thought the pallet ‘hype’ was over, think again. Pallet wood is still very popular among upcycle designers and people who like upcycle design. Like I said last time, there’re so many great upcycle designs made out of pallet wood. I’m not talking about those designers that use new pallets. No, only discarded wood. But like I said in the post about the Re-Stacked Lounger, you should be careful. On a site called earth911.com is an article about the question: are pallets safe for reuse projects? According to Candice Miller, a horticulture educator and expert from the University of Illinois Extension: “You have to consider where [the pallet] came from, what’s been shipped on it and what you’re going to use it for.”
Comfy upcycle design armchair
Well, and to show you what designers can do with discarded pallet wood, have a look at this stylish upcycle design furniture collection. It’s designed by Italian design company Redolab, based in Venice | Italy. They created a great ‘Poltrona‘ [Italian for armchair] collection, at this moment consisting of three pieces: ROUNDED Deluxe, WOODCUBE and KING ROUNDED.
POLTRONA ROUNDED Deluxe | Photos © Redolab
They all have in common that they are entirely made out of decommissioned pallets with a designer armchair appearance. Especially the ROUNDED Deluxe is an amazing comfy upcycle design armchair with its friendly roundness.
POLTRONA WOODCUBE | Photos © Sascha Akkermann
“For us simple objects and every kind of waste material are resources to which a new life is given by the wise hands of the artisan’s creativity.”
POLTRONA KING ROUNDED | Photos © Sascha Akkermann
Redolab is created out of a passion for DIY, for handicrafts, for things done by hand and the awareness that every choice has an impact on the environment. “We interact with local companies and with those who already deal with collection and disposal of waste to create a virtuous chain and take the ‘philosophy’ of upcycling into a company that cares about the environment and the enhancement of our territory.”