In architecture, the new is build around the old – and often respectfully so. Why not do the same with furniture? This set of recycled dressers uses antique drawers as the starting point and crafts useful a new storage furniture system around each collections of unique drawer boxes.
With each discarded drawer carefully measured by Entwurf-Direkt. Then, the?frame is assembled to comfortably fit the various shapes and sizes – from as few as two drawers to as many as a dozen in a single object. The objects themselves (as opposed to the items they contain) become custom one-of-a-kind treasures.
This strategy is particularly suited to folks who may not always clean up after their own messes – there is something quite beautiful about these in relation to clutter around them. Rather than detract from some kind of abstract modern perfectionism, this item-covered kitchen cabinet seems more alive for all of the chaos.
No need to decide on oak, pine, cherry or maple (let alone a paint color) when you can simply have them all. It begs the question, though: why limit it to just old wooden drawers? Metal wire or woven wicker drawers could really spice up some of these pieces too – either mixed in with wood or taken in their own design direction.
To be fair, these handmade dressers are artisan-crafted pieces created by carpenters in collaboration with specific clients . In all likelihood, were someone to approach them with an even more offbeat custom idea they would give it a go.
So far the most conceptually innovative are the ones they have done for kitchens – the construction of which has included everything from file cabinet drawers to built-in sinks and stoves.
“When we started our project Entwurf-Direkt in 2001, we set out with the idea in mind to provide 1000 drawers with a new home. We have by far exceeded this aim! Yet, we continue calling the individual drawers ‘Thousand Drawers’ as a reference.”
“We build a corpus made of solid wood to house the individual drawer, with each specimen being made to measure. Fixing the chest of drawers to the wall is easy to do. Each drawer comes with a stamp and a certificate of authenticity.”