Jobs needed one. Gates needed one. Even Alexander Graham Bell needed one. Without a table to work on, there’s not an entrepreneur in history who could’ve gotten their ideas off the ground (bad pun intended). So, when Savannah-based non-profit Emergent Structures focused its innovative waste repurposing mission on supporting local entrepreneurs, making tables for Savannah’s newest entrepreneurial space made a lot of sense. Emergent Structures partnered with The Creative Coast to provide locally sourced and fabricated office tables for their 16,000 sq ft entrepreneurial center, the Creator’s Foundry.
Emergent Structures harvested materials from three of their trusted community partners: DIRTT Environmental Solutions’ Savannah manufacturing facility, IKEA’s Port Wentworth Distribution Center, and Rives E. Worrell construction, a JE Dunn Company. Once they collected the excess mahogany slabs, excess tempered glass, and excess rebar, respectively, they gave the materials and the task of designing functional tables for creative entrepreneurs to 11 talented Furniture Design students from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) to do the rest.
The non-profit has reclaimed and repurposed massive amounts of local construction and demolition debris over the last 6 years as a means of increasing community wealth, building greenhouses, garden sheds, and planters, and organizing design competitions that challenge artists and designers to help society reimagine their perceptions of waste. The tables, now serving entrepreneurs at the Creators’ Foundry, have plaques on them that tell the story of the materials in order to remind people that ‘waste’ is a resource in the wrong place, as Ghandi once said.