Shown in bourbon barrel oak with hand-blackened steel frame
46L 18D 18H
The Stave Bench and Stool are made from reclaimed bourbon barrel staves and 1″ x 1″ blackened or powder coated steel tubing. This piece highlights the deep patina on the exterior of the staves.
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.