We received photos and information about an interesting recycling project imagined by artist Donald Fodness. We asked the designer for a subjective description of his works and here is what he replied: “My furniture combines handcrafted wood working and metal fabricating techniques with ready-made found objects. These pieces problem solve a desire to salvage and re-purpose common or discarded materials; this is both a conceptual exercise in un-labeling as well as a behavioral ethic. I am primarily a visual artist and my interest in making functional art objects relates to my interest in folk aesthetics. While primarily utilitarian, these furniture objects combine the constraint of aesthetically integrating a disparate form that transplants or embeds history and character into an otherwise newborn object.
Sideboard From Motorcycle Frame, Coat Tree, and Casters
For instance, the sideboard uses a motorcycle frame found on the roadside. The frame has a unique distortion from a collision making it impossible to reproduce. I responded to the negative spaces of the frame and constructed the plywood boxes to fit these spaces. I devised special jigs to key spline each angled joint with wenge wood. I also fabricated unique brackets to mount the caster wheels. As an artist and furniture maker I value something to work against, or riff off, rather than dealing with a blank slate. This parallels the remixing of information prevalent with online culture”. So- would you consider having these items in your home?
Coffee table from a Row of Stadium Seating
Coffee Table Constructed From Two Institutional Chairs
Bet you never expected this! Another example featured on Giddy Upcycled shows an armoire transformed into a big, beautiful birdcage for live birds. Of course, the glass is replaced again with more appropriate cage-like netting. Neat idea if you want to show off your feathery friends in style.
Most people have closets in their homes these days, but sometimes there’s always that need for the stuff that just doesn’t fit or belong in there. Check out this great use of an armoire to hang coats, store outerwear, and even provide a little bench area! Perfect for any entryway or mudroom. If you have a bathroom that fits one, an armoire is a beautiful way to add more storage — especially for towels. Like some of the others on this list, this armoire from Enchanted Home does away with the glass and replaces it with netting instead.