Uhuru Design is a Brooklyn-based design/build company dedicated to sustainability. Their recently launched Coney Island Line uses reclaimed, 70-year old Ipe wood taken from the Coney Island boardwalk, which is currently being replaced with concrete planks. Above is their chaise inspired by the Cyclone rollercoaster.
See how beautifully weathered the pewter-toned wooden boardwalk looked in the dead of winter on my last trip home…
Below, an end table inspired by the Parachute Jump, shown in the above boardwalk photo.
Above, a lamp that takes its formal cues from the use of concrete-filled oil drums. Below, a console table inspired by the boardwalk itself.
Lastly, a coffee table based on the iconic Wonder Wheel.
Coney Island’s metamorphosis continues to sadden me and, let’s face it, I’m having a really difficult time accepting the destruction of this place as I’ve known it. The replacement concrete boardwalk seems hard and ugly compared to the weathered wood, but I have to admire Uhuru‘s design and craftsmanship, which looks forward and back. These furniture pieces allude to the site in a way that seems respectful and sophisticated. A piece of Coney history is being preserved both in materials and in subtle formal cues, in addition to the reuse of these quality wood planks.
If I had buttloads of money, you know that I’d be getting one of those console tables.