Cory Barkman gives tired objects a second chance by repurposing them as curious pieces of furniture, with a modern yet gothic edge. To make the pieces, Barkman reclaims old pieces of machinery that have fallen to disuse, and refashions them into everything from lamps to dining room tables. With so many items discarded at the end of their lifespan, Barkman believes that by reusing old objects, you only promote their endurance.
He notes that each object he transforms not only carries with it a history, but also a future, representing all that it can become. When designing and constructing the pieces, Barkman seeks inspiration from the original object, creating exciting new shapes.
Through constant trips to salvage yards he collects together these “hopeful” objects and then sorts through them until a concept emerges.
As well as readapting objects Barkman explores both the use of metal and wood, maintaining the values of a fine craftsman, placing functionality at the core of his work.
Images: Cory Barkman and Phil Crozier