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Interactive Art Gallery and Bar: Revision Lounge In NYC Brings New Life To Discarded Items

The folks at ReVision Lounge in the East Village of New York City take old skis and turn them into bar stools, wine barrels into tables, bike tires into chairs--in fact, everything at this bar has been repurposed.  Designer Johnny Barounis has combined elements of a high-end, chic lounge with an "interactive" gallery.  According to the website, ReVision Lounge is not only a bar but also an art gallery, and the "artwork" includes the bar's furnishings, lighting, and even the bar itself.  Each piece of art is created entirely from repurposed items.  The gallery is being referred to as "interactive" because not only is the artwork being showcased it is also being actively used in its new repurposed forms.  According to the site, "It is then that they become a viable item, saved from the landfill forever."

ReVision Lounge in NYC uses repurposed items as furnishings: Photo via Inhabitat.com/NYCReVision Lounge in NYC uses repurposed items as furnishings: Photo via Inhabitat.com/NYC

Barounis conceived the idea for ReVision back in the '90s when he says, "green was just a color."  Today, however, the idea is a reality, and the lounge is home to many items that would have otherwise seen a grim fate.  For instance, a set of durable and somewhat flexible bar stools has been made entirely out of repurposed skis from a resort in Vermont. 

ReVision Lounge's Bar Stools Made of Used Skis: Photo via Inhabitat.com/NYCReVision Lounge's Bar Stools Made of Used Skis: Photo via Inhabitat.com/NYC

In fact, the base of the bar itself has been made from repurposed glass bottles thanks to Lee Beckman, owner of Recycled Bottleworks.  The bottoms of glass bottles were grouted together and backlit to create an ethereal glow. 

The base of the bar at ReVision Lounge is made from the bottoms of old glass bottles: Photo via Inhabitat.com/NYCThe base of the bar at ReVision Lounge is made from the bottoms of old glass bottles: Photo via Inhabitat.com/NYC

And then, the counter-top of the bar was made of shredded money that at first glance appears to be granite.  Working with the Federal Reserve of Minnesota to receive bills taken from circulation, designer Stan Shetka had the bills shredded, molded them into a flat surface and sealed them with resin. 

The counter top of the bar at ReVision Lounge is made of shredded money: Photo via Inhabitat.com/NYCThe counter top of the bar at ReVision Lounge is made of shredded money: Photo via Inhabitat.com/NYC

Even the upholstery on the walls is made from repurposed plastic bottles.  The hanging lamps are made from the colored discs used in traffic lights, and the sconces on the wall have been made from handblown, recycled glass.  The liquor shelf behind the bar is made from trash-picked tables found along Avenue B.  And this is just the main barroom!

A hanging lamp at ReVision Lounge made out of the colored discs from traffic lights: Photo via Inhabitat.com/NYCA hanging lamp at ReVision Lounge made out of the colored discs from traffic lights: Photo via Inhabitat.com/NYC

In the backroom, patrons will find a refrigerator and two bathtubs that have been turned into three couches.  But if that's a little too domestic for your taste, feel free to have a seat on one of the couches made from coffins.  Designer Vidal Herrera of 1-800-Autopsy works to bring back to life dented or damaged coffins and revive them into furniture.  Even the DJ booth is reminiscent of times gone by, as it's been made from the front of a 1975 Lincoln Continental.  Here, the wall sconces and chandeliers have been made from bicycle chains.

Repurposed coffins made into couches at ReVision Lounge: Photo via Inhabitat.com/NYCRepurposed coffins made into couches at ReVision Lounge: Photo via Inhabitat.com/NYC

Chandeliers made from bicycle chains at ReVision Lounge: Photo via Inhabitat.com/NYCChandeliers made from bicycle chains at ReVision Lounge: Photo via Inhabitat.com/NYC

Barounis invites artists to submit their work to be displayed and used in the bar, but he will only change pieces if it's absolutely necessary, claiming, "If something works, why change it?"  

Tables and seating made from old wine barrels at ReVision Lounge in NYC: Photo via Inhabitat.com/NYCTables and seating made from old wine barrels at ReVision Lounge in NYC: Photo via Inhabitat.com/NYC

Source: Inhabitat and ReVision Lounge

Amanda Hinski
Environmental Innovations Blogger
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