Shown in bourbon barrel oak with blackened reclaimed fire truck spring frame
30L 31D 33H
The Bilge Lounge Chair is made from reclaimed bourbon barrel staves and leaf springs from New York City fire trucks. The springs provide a comfortable give to the chair.
The Küpe line is crafted from used bourbon barrels from Bardstown, Kentucky, the Bourbon Capital of the world. The barrels were constructed from white oak and were charred on the inside to produce the unique flavor and color of the liquor. These barrels are only used one time to age bourbon, after which some are sold and shipped to Scotland to make scotch. Unfortunately, the rest are often discarded. Uhuru began by dismantling the barrels into their individual pieces: staves, metal bands, and circular heads. We explored how these parts can work together to create simple functional designs while retaining the individual characteristics and natural colors of the aged wood from the original barrels, thus creating a new vernacular.