After seeing some of this work, you almost cannot help but wonder: is there anything in the world that could not be used as the basis for some piece of furniture or another? Lady Gaga collaborator Benjamin Rollins Caldwell makes incredible found object furniture featuring some of the least likely objects you can imagine.
The furniture designer and founder of BRC Designs would suggest there in indeed nothing sacred – from scrap decks of playing cards to giant pieces of broken concrete, pretty much anything can be stacked, glued, bent, twisted or simply dropped into place as a chair, table or … something.
Some pieces are not purely as they appear, of course – you would be hard pressed to put a set of benches together from jeans labels or piano keys alone. Thus, hidden structures (largely made of still other scraps) form a firmer physical basis as needed.
While some themes of reuse and upcycling have been played out in other places (converted keyboard and circuit board tables, for instance) others are really quite experimental (using building blocks in an obvious-yet-elusively-literal way to make table-and-chairs set, for example) or at least entertaining (a play on Southern Comfort, anyone?).
More info on the artist, via Artsy:
“Dubbed ‘the re-inventor,’ designer and founder of BRC Designs Benjamin Rollins Caldwell creates furniture from both traditional and unconventional materials—from wood, metal, glass, plastic, and stone, to playing cards, defunct pianos, reclaimed computer parts, books, bottle caps, and children’s toys. Caldwell sources materials from thrift and antique stores, and junk yards, and has said, ‘sometimes the objects I discover simply inspire an overall design idea, and other times the objects actually become the raw material for the piece.’ His ‘binary collection’, which garnered attention recently when Lady Gaga featured one of Caldwell’s chairs on the cover of her ArtPop album, incorporates motherboards, computer chips, and LED screens. Other designs have included a lamp composed of recycled piano keys, and a chair and table made from copper piping.”