17 June 2016

The new frontier of creativity: from a means of transport to a design object

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Creativity has no limits, especially in the world of interior design.

Reusing parts of vehicles as “quarries” from which to steal potential furnishing elements, in fact, seems to be an exercise in style appreciated by many in the industry.

Porsche, for example, has entrusted to expert hands the task of transforming the legendary racing car Porsche 911 into iconic furnishings. The designers have thus devised a carbon fibre bookcase constructed from the car’s rear wing. In this creative way, Porsche has expanded its presence beyond the automotive sector.


[Photo credits: Different Design Magazine]

Technology and transport can be true sources of inspiration for designers, and the works that derive from them always arouse great fascination.

Since their existence, planes have often been used as an aesthetic point of reference by other sectors too, starting from the automotive sector: the bodies of a few American cars of the fifties, which displayed exposed pipes and large air intakes, are a clear example. Even today the trend is the same, but not only: what happens, for example, to aeroplanes after their “retirement”? They are all dismantled piece by piece producing tons of aluminium and other precious metals. This work is lengthy and costly, so, as not to waste all those materials or the valuable dismantling work, MotoArt, a California-based design firm, had a brilliant idea: to transform some parts of the aircraft, such as wings and turbines into desks, tables, wardrobes and lamps, giving them a second life.

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Two other imaginative designers who have ventured in this field are Ben and Harry Tucker, the founders of Fallen Furniture: the two brothers reuse parts of authentic aircraft both military and civilian, giving them a new life as functional works of art.


[Photo credits: Fallen Furniture]

All items are custom made and their production can take months. “Our work is not cheap, but our customers know that they are getting something unique and with a little bit of history behind. Today, instead, we see a lot of stuff that has no soul”, says Harry Tucker.

Their creations range from chairs made from old bonnets, to wall clocks made from fuselages, to cocktail cabinets fitted into old bombs.


[Photo credits: Fallen Furniture]

Another example of the creativity of Fallen Furniture is the 737 Cowling Chair, a peculiar chair created from the bonnet of a Boeing 737: its exterior is welded by titanium alloy sheets and, when you sit on it, you have the impression of sitting inside a large metal bowl.


[Via wallpaper.com]

So, we have seen how the concept of recycling has now become a major trend that has emerged in recent years. However, in order to work, this type of creativity does not necessarily have to involve expensive objects, such as those coming from the world of aviation. In fact, even simple second-hand furniture, embellished with pieces of contemporary furniture, or lampshades made of cans, may prove interesting: it is imperative not to throw anything away! Everything can return and live a new life, even with a certain style!