Designer Francois Duquesnoy knows a thing or two about the pains of moving, seeing how he's changed homes eight times in the past few years. Rather than lug his heavy furniture around with him, the nomadic Dutch designer has come up with a brilliant alternative: to build his own furniture from scraps on the street. Within just one week, Duquesnoy built "Collectables," a collection of DIY functional furniture stuck together from odd bits of trash, from a discarded tennis racket to a spare bicycle wheel.
Francois Duquesnoy gives himself a weeklong deadline to complete an entirely upcycled interior in order to maintain his whimsical and improvisational approach. “As overconsumption and waste are worldwide issues, there will always be materials available,” writes Duquesnoy. “Instead of buying new materials or furniture, I gather these waste materials and reuse them, creating furniture for my new home. By doing this, I not only furnish my new home, but I also reveal the potential of existing, discarded, readily available and free materials.”
Each of his unique creations often reflects the different characteristics of the surrounding environment. To emphasis the site-specific nature of each collection, Duquesnoy paints each series in a single, different hue. So far, Duquesnoy has completed three different sets of his playful one-of-kind pieces.
Via Fast Company
Images via Francois Duquesnoy