I think reclaiming the historic boardwalk of Coney Island is
divine, and better still ..... the furniture design
really is as fantastic as
Red Hook based furniture design company Uhuru Design is dedicated "to sustainability and creating timeless designs." Their second "local materials" collection, Coney Island Line is created from reclaimed wood that has been taken from the demolished, iconic Coney Island Boardwalk. There are six limited edition handmade designs, each produced in an edition of ten.
The silhouettes of each design bring back whimsical and child-like memories of Coney Island......the rollercoaster shaped chaise appears to be standing on the base of the cyclone..... the coffee table looks like a cog from a ride on the boardwalk......the drop-end table is reminiscent of the parachute jump.......the console's surface is the same pattern as the original boardwalk.......and the lamp references the concrete-filled oil cans that held everything, from umbrellas to stop signs......images from days long gone!!!!
"The Ipe wood, first installed on the boardwalk in the late 1940's, has weathered in the sun,salt, and snow for 70 years, The design is inspired by the duality of Coney Island- its whimsical, colorful summers and melancholy winters. The pieces interpret the architecture of the desolate dreamscape: low rise buildings patched with signs and seasonal layers of old-fashioned paint, beneath the towering rollercoaster."
The furniture is currently at Brooklyn Designs in Dumbo, Brooklyn this weekend and May 15 to 18 at the Noho Design District Festival.