Brooklyn-based designer Chris Rucker found himself facinated by the discarded furniture littering the streets near his studio. The distressed pressboard and peeling laminates of the pieces he found inspired him to rethink the concept of disposable furniture and the need to clothe cheap materials to imitate fine furnishings. Rucker now builds furniture from inexpensive strand-board and plastic laminates but works to incorporate the unique look of these materials into the overall aesthetic of his pieces.
These unique pieces by Chris Rucker work in a range of homes because they vary in the amount of exposed base material. The completely exposed seating might work best in a more industrial or loft space, but certainly the bookcases, either unclad or laminated versions, would work in any space. The use of moving pads to upholster some seating — and even to create a slipcover that extends to cover the floor on one piece — is an intriguing choice that makes use of a mundane resource to create a one of a kind piece. The mix of materials add interest to the spare lines of the pieces which are designed to challenge the idea of disposable furniture and to provoke a conversation about quality construction with inexpensive materials.
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Images: Chris Rucker