Upcycling is often thought of as a refining process, the act of making something into a more elegant and acceptable form with a greater inherent value. This artistic wood table by Thomas Forsyth, cobbled together from pieces of other used tables and chairs, challenges that definition of ‘upcycle’ and suggests that there can be artistic ways to transform old objects and used materials into new and abstract household items as creative as they are useful.
To begin with, the legs of the table are connected at odd angles and make it seem as if the furniture itself were on the move, walking or growing or evolving as it goes. As with its Frankensteinian parts, the table also seems to defy easy typecasting – is it a dining, smoking, tavern or other type of table, or just a surreal combination?
Adding to the layered pieces of oak and pine are other scraps of times past, from aged coins and keys to other pieces and parts of furniture objects now lost. Whether or not you would buy and use such a table, the design begs the question: what is the value of an antique and is it tied to the original form or the objects that are part of it?