Like we wrote this morning, reclaimed wood furniture is still hot. South African designer Nic Kruger knows this, but he's not getting his wood from felled trees or building deconstruction; rather, he's sourcing the timber from wrecked ships he finds at the bottom of the ocean or rotting away in landfills.
It all started when Kruger came upon the salvaged wood from the wreck Kunene, a private fishing boat that sank to the bottom of the Port Elizabeth Harbor, and "fell in love with the timbers." From there, as their website says, Shipwreck Furniture was born:
We use exclusively timber from our wrecks which in many ways limits us in conventional thinking and forces us to let the timber dictate the size, shape and finish of the final product. These boats were chopped up with chainsaws and little regard for future use. The parameters were the size of the dump-trucks that was used to transport it. For this reason it is not possible to make very long tables without joints etc. Boats are also not square or box shaped. it is their beautiful streamlined hulls that makes it possible for them to sail the oceans. For exactly this reason there is very few straight planks that come off these wrecks. All of the above challenges just makes it so much more rewarding to work with such great raw material.
See their full portfolio of furniture here.
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