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Colin Selig’s Dalí-Esque Sofas Are Made from Recycled Propane Tanks
Posted By Yuka Yoneda On May 21, 2013 @ 4:00 pm In carousel showcase,Decorative Objects,gallery,green furniture,green Interiors,ICFF,New York City,new york design week,Recycled Materials | No Comments
“It began with this junk propane tank on my property” Selig explains on his website . “A lot of energy had been used to form the thick steel into this shape and it seemed a shame to let it go to waste.” The chairs, sofa and loveseats are made by cutting out chunks of the tanks and then welding them together. Selig is able to make four pieces out of each tank and at the end, only 1% is leftover.
Some of the recycled sofas even retain their original safety warning stickers, paying tribute to their past lives. And despite their rather hard look, they’ve been crafted to be comfortable. “Nearly everyone who sits in these seats is surprised by their comfort,” says Selig.
So if you’re in the market for some really unique pieces that are also sustainable, these fun and functional seats definitely fit the bill. They also meet standards for LEED material credits  since they are made of 99% post-consumer recycled content, making them an ideal choice for buildings and interiors aiming for certification.
+ Colin Selig 
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URLs in this post:
 this famous seat: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mae_West_Lips_Sofa
 Colin Selig: http://colinselig.com/
 on his website: http://colinselig.com/genesis.html
 LEED material credits: http://www.usgbc.org/leed/rating-systems/credit-categories
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