This is an "ugly duckling" tale if we're ever heard one—how the collection of furnishings displayed by Boffo NY at this year's Design on a Dime came to be. One of 50 exhibitors, Boffo proves, yet again, that beautiful things may have lived surprisingly unglamorous first lives. More after the jump.
Boffo, a nonprofit founded in early 2009 by Gregory Sparks and Faris Al-Shatir, has enlisted a handful of emerging artists to create a dining room inspired by 17th-century Flemish painters Vermeer and De Hooch. Their goal, in true Design on a Dime spirit, was to use more than 85 percent recycled or repurposed materials in constructing the room, all with an eye on rich, sophisticated detailing and a cohesive aesthetic. "Based on quantity, quality and the functional limits of the materials, your dream design may pleasantly evolve into something you would have never expected," says Sparks. Unexpected, indeed—more than a dozen works were created from shipping palettes, discarded or broken tables, foraged plywood, found mirrors and/or salvaged leather. The non-toxic varnish SafECOat Polyureseal BP finishes each one. To Boffo, whose mission is to support budding talent within the arts and design community, we give a hearty Gefeliciteerd!. If that's, uh, Dutch to you, check out Boffo's vignette for yourself at the event, which runs May 6–8 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in NYC.