Architect Vincent Whitehurst’s furniture designs are a great example of what can be done with other people’s trash. Deconstructivist architecture and surrealist paintings influence Vincent’s wonderful mix-and-match industrial designs.The materials Vincent uses are all found—recycled, salvaged from the trash, or given to him. He compliments these found materials with solid wood and sometimes with plywood. His pieces are finished with non-toxic shellac or wax. He finds interesting ways to build pieces around his found materials, such as in Zenith (the third piece pictured above), a coffee table which uses the glass from an old TV as its surface.
Vincent’s training in architecture school included courses in Industrial Design and Fine Woodworking. He takes pride in building pieces that are well-made and long-lasting, and designing pieces to last for 500 years or more. Ranging from $50 - $1000, all of Vincent’s designs can be viewed and purchased through his website.
First, walk when you can. Ride a bicycle. If you must purchase things, buy quality products that last, built out of sustainable materials. Solid wood has to be at the top of that list. Support local artisans and businesses. Consider leveling-off population growth by having a maximum of two kids. Compost. Have low maintenance landscaping that doesn't require watering or irrigation. Plant species that attract wildlife. Relax. Let things get dirty. Notice the stars. Kiss somebody.