It always gives me a good feeling if I’m able to show you another great example of upcycle design. But on a day like today, it’s even better. That’s because of the object that’s used for creating upcycle design. And not only the object, but also the way it’s used and the amount of design pieces created with it. So which object am I talking about? A piano.
I can imagine when you look at the photos, you wouldn’t think of a piano. And that’s why I’m so enthusiastic. A piano as an object for upcycling has been shown two times before on upcycleDZINE: a great lighting design called ROCK N ROLLER by Once Upon A Time and a beautiful DESK by MonkWood Studio. And now I’m adding a complete collection to these two amazing examples.
A solid base of piano scrap wood
Like I said, looking at the collection featured in this post, it doesn’t give away the object used for upcycling. But when you look closer it all makes sense. The collection is called ‘Winging’ It‘ and is designed by BRC Designs, founded by Benjamin Rollins Caldwell, based in Inman | United States. BRC Designs transforms timeless and unconventional materials into unique yet simple furniture design.
The collection consists of a bench, stool, table, bed, chair, love seat and a floor lamp. All these pieces use the same system for a solid base of scrap wood planks salvaged from discarded pianos, secured by bolts and wing nuts. Table, bed and floor lamp have a plexiglass plates. It’s impressive to see that one can come up with the idea of turning a plank of scrap wood from an old used piano into stunning furniture or a floor lamp [167x76x76 cm.].
The upholstery with tufted look is created by affixing salvaged fabric to the seat with wing nuts and bolts through eyelets spaced throughout the fabric.
“Design and Conceptualization has always come naturally to me. Luckily, its also something that excites me. My operation is a modern studio furniture company that uses the skill and expertise of multiple craftsmen from different backgrounds. BRC Designs makes limited edition objects, one-of-a-kind pieces, and custom materials from the inception of the idea. For me, the physical act of making an object is just as important as the cognitive evolution of the concept.”
Photos © BRC Designs
Please head on over to the BRC Designs website to explore other very inspiring collections of upcycle design.