Gallery: Reinier de Jong’s ‘STEEL’ Folding Chair Is Actually Made from ...

 

Dutch architect and interior designer, Reinier de Jong’s ‘STEEL’ folding chair, is not made from the hard, resilient alloy as its name proclaims, but from reclaimed old broom handles, stained and weather-beaten over the years by elbow grease and hard-working hands (the word ‘steel’ actually means ‘stick’ or ‘handle’ in Dutch). Launched at Imm Cologne in January this year, the chairs reveal a unique, almost antiquated color and texture with the worn patina revealing tangible traces of its humble past. This is openly offset by the crispness of clean, fresh new wood right at the parts where the handles of the brooms are cut.

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