B-55, UK, and New Standard Chairs by Uhuru Design
, the Brooklyn-based furniture studio that focuses on sustainability, is releasing new chairs, as well as revamped versions of older designs. Their newest collection features the B-55 Rocking Chair, which was originally launched in 2011, now in a new colorway. Other pieces include the UK Chair, originally designed by British designer T.H. Robsjohngivings, and the New Standard Chair from 2009, which is part of the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum.
Warcraft Line Uses Reclaimed Teak from Decommissioned Naval Ship
Part of the Warcraft line, the B-55 Rocking Chair "takes cues from naval design: the forms of the base and seat mimic the curves of the hull and the fractal pattern references Measure 32 camouflage, which was used on the ship to avoid detection when traveling through open water." Built using reclaimed teak from the deck of the decommissioned USS North Carolina, B-55 Rocking Chair combines the seasoned wood with powder-coated steel and cotton webbing.
The UK Chair reinterprets an original design by T.H. Robsjohngivings. Uhuru used reclaimed oak in lieu of maple and gave it thicker legs and a shorter back. The New Standard Chair from 2009, "which was originally designed with found Louis XVI chair backs from a manufacturing plant that went out of business," combines an ornamental back with contemporary material-no upholstery here, just aluminum mesh-and sleek legs. The result illustrates the best of postmodern pastiche.
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About the Manufacturer: Uhuru is a design-build furniture company dedicated to sustainability and timeless design. The company builds each piece by hand in its Red Hook, Brooklyn, studio. They find truth in the shaker assertion that "beauty rests on utility" and work to make furniture and products that are beautiful in their simplicity with an awareness of materials and craft. Many of Uhuru's designs use materials that have been reclaimed, recycled, and repurposed.