Yuka Yoneda

BRC Designs' Spineless Chair is Adorned with the Spines of Old Books

by , 05/26/12

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Bibliophiles are sure to get a kick out of BRC Designs‘ new “Spineless” chair, which is made up of the spines of hundreds of old books. Spotted at ICFF this past weekend, the literally literary seat has a color-blocked design that references Mondrian. The designer, Benjamin Rollins Caldwell, explained that he obtained many of the books for free at thrift shops and selected the spines that had the most titillating titles.

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Benjamin Rollins Caldwell carefully removed all of the book spines by hand and blocked them by color to create the patchwork chair. He purposely selected spines with metallic text to achieve a Mondrian-esque look and accented the letters with brass upholstery nails that also work to anchor the books spines.

In keeping with the literary theme of the Spineless chair, the black and white upholstery was custom-printed with a single page from each book that was used. The one of a kind design is part of a series that also features a matching Spineless side table.

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Photos © Yuka Yoneda

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