Uhuru Design > Recycling Coney Island's Boardwalk

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Uhuru Designers Jason Horvath (left) and Bill Hilgendorf.

Knowing how Jim loves to get caught up on the NYC comings & goings, I grabbed a NY Post newspaper at the Westchester County, NY Airport yesterday on my way home to Atlanta.  Quickly flipping through the local news, I stumbled upon the article about Uhuru Design and their 6 piece limited edition line of furniture inspired by classic Coney Island fixtures and produced with actual boardwalk taken from the site.  Check out a couple of the custom pieces below and their famed Coney Island counterparts.  For more, click here for the NY Post article.

Cyclone Lounger, $7200.
"The Cyclone rollercoaster is one of Coney Island's last remaining functional rides. It is resurrected here in the form of a lounge chair, with undulating dark and light Ipe and a crisp white laser-cut metal base. Uhuru plays off the organized chaos of the ride's structure, flattened to one layer of metal, and with the sides connected sporadically to create a dynamic interchange of space and void on the base. The metal is finished with a low-VOC powder coat finish."
Coney Island Cyclone.
Boardwalk Console, $4500.
"The reclaimed wood surface of our console echoes the inlaid pattern of the original boardwalk, as seen from above. The play of scale however, from the minature nail-heads to the thinly cut Ipe, changes the context of the original design and adds an element of surprise. The wood sits atop a blackened steel base."
Coney Island Boardwalk Detail.

Wonder Coffee Table, $5200.
"This coffee table pieces together wedges of Ipe into a large wheel, bolted in place with a steel plate. The stylized metal base uses a Vaudeville-inpspired scalloped pattern, held in place with steel flanges. This overtly industrial piece looks like it could have been part of a ride itself: spinning on an open ball bearing, the table combines function and whimsy."
Coney Island Ferris Wheel Detail.

 Cyclone Lounger - As Featured in New York Magazine, May 2010.
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