Uhuru's booth was the first booth I stopped at, and I loved the back story. Uhuru, long known for creating furniture pieces from reclaimed, salvaged, or recycled materials, has a new furniture line crafted from reclaimed Ipe wood taken from Coney Island's demolished iconic boardwalk and their famed Cyclone rollercoaster, one of Coney Island's last remaining functional rides.
The Ipe Wood, first installed on the boardwalk in the late 1940's, has weathered in the sun, salt and snow for 70 years. The design is inspired by the duality of Coney Island—its whimsical, colorful summers and meloncholy winters. The pieces interpret the architecture of the desolate dreamscape: low-rise buildings patched with signs and seasonal layers of paint, beneath the towering old-fashioned rollercoaster.
Uhuru also showed their Cyclone lounger, made from wood reclaimed from Coney Island's cyclone rollercoaster. (You can definitely see the inspiration in the lounger legs.) The metal is also finished with a low-VOC powder coat finish.
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