Lovely Furniture from Leftovers
"Save the environment", "Go Green", "Conservation," are phrases one often hears.
It got me thinking, am I doing anything to conserve? I ruminated, and introspected, and one thing led to another and... well... I got online to see if anyone out there was doing anything interesting with conservation.
And I found Dr. Singh Intrachooto and his brainchild, OSISU. Osisu is Finnish for "doing more than one's best." And Dr. Intrachooto is aiming to do just that with his furniture line which is made up of "contemporary vernacular designs,"-- that is what they say on their home page.
I got looking and was hooked. All the furniture made by the company is recycled; yes you got it right-recycled. The company uses wastes from teak, steel, and plastic industries, to create contemporary lines of furniture with Asian carpentry techniques.
The modus operandi is that the company sources scrap from the various industries. Let us take the example of the teak or plywood industry. The designers sit around and rack their brains on how best to fit together the various small pieces of waste wood they have managed to gather to make a new item, like a chair or table!
Ingenious, innovative, and so cool!!!
Dr. Intrachooto holds a PhD in design technology and innovation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Osisu is his way of conserving nature.
The Osisu range of furniture is new and chic and it is all handmade. This affects the pricing, but then what is a little bit of extra money when one gets a chance to own something so unique. Most of the creations are limited edition, and the company produces only 10-20 pieces of each design, and that too, only if they do not run out of scrap raw material.
The entire range of designs costs between $100 to $10,000 depending on size, hours of labor and exclusivity.
Let me now tell you about a few of the designs I really liked.
Chairwalker is simple and sturdy; made of teak and looks quite amusing. But don't let that fool you; it is a fully functional and extremely stable chair, inspired by a striding mammal in the jungle.
The designers have excelled in structural symmetry with the We-Chair design. Its very existence is aimed at supporting social interactions. When seen from both fronts and sides, two detached backrests are identical and face one another but without obstructing each other's views. Made in teakwood, it expresses congeniality and harmony-"we share".
Next to the piece de résistance... Toskan, another Teak beauty. A seating as well as shelving assemblage, use it as you want. Toskan is about corners and edges, and forces one to think of angles and orientations, permutations and combinations. Toskan has no defined front, side nor back, and it is never ending. One can keep on adding blocks to it to increase its length or height!
H-Chair II is a labor of love and this fact is evident at a glance. It has been built layer by layer from laminated wood in multiple directions to achieve a geometric simplicity. It promises to enhance the appeal of any home or office.
The company retails their furniture through FordBrady, a furniture gallery in Los Angeles, CA. (Update: This furniture store is no longer open.)