Homeless Design Lab

Homeless Design Lab

  • Location: online only
  • Specialty: Helping homeless furniture find its next home.
  • Price range: $$$
  • Website: homelessdesignlab.com

Store History

  • Founded: 2008
  • Founded by: Lucia Migliaccio, Ricky Velasquez, Arnold Dearriba
  • Headquarters: Deerfield Beach, Florida

Discarded furniture gets a makeover at Homeless Design Lab. Like eccentric great-aunts clad in bold colors and rich textures, these pieces flaunt their style fabulously.

When three pals from design school found a chair by a dumpster they took it home, spiffed it up, and Homeless Design Lab was born. The eco-conscious design team refurbishes found pieces, giving old furniture with good bones a whole new look in their studio near Fort Lauderdale.

Homeless Design Lab, or HDL for short, uses low or zero VOC finishes and green guard certified fabrics on chairs like the cheekily titled "Maria Comes to South Beach." The vibrant mid-century dining chair combines a vintage remnant of Guatemalan embroidery with turquoise paint and plush lilac velveteen for a look that's all Latin glamour. Then there's "Don Chocolate" an elegant empire armchair that fuses delicious brown upholstery with persimmon lacquer--the perfect throne for a 21st century Napoleon.

Image via Homeless Design Lab

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