Gallery: UHURU STOOLEN LITE Scrap Wood Table


Uhuru’s scrap-wood creations caught our eye at BKLYN Designs last year, and at this year’s festivities, their Stoolen Lite low table was once again a crowd pleaser. The round coffee table, constructed of collected wood scraps from local workshops, is the second generation of the Stoolen Chair, which is smaller, and encompassed by a found bicycle rim. While we love the simplicity of the circular shape as it cleverly mimics the shape of a tree stump, custom shapes and sizes are also available. Uhuru will also be one of the design teams showing their work at the upcoming HauteGREEN show this coming weekend.

Uhuru was founded in 2004, by Bill Hilgendorf and Jason Horvath. Regarding the issue of sustainability and green materials in their work, here’s what they have to say:

For us sustainability is about choosing materials with the least amount of environmental impact, whether it is what they are made of, how they are produced or where they come from, and using them in a way where little to no waste is created.

Stoolen Lite was one of the many impressive works found at this weekend’s BKLYN Designs show, which we frequent every year and always leave impressed by the amount of emerging design talent.



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  1. crystal October 11, 2007 at 10:04 pm

    although others designed tables based on the same idea, perhaps this designer did not see it. All new/ish ideas have older roots, which shouldn’t stop a designer from realizing an idea.
    The color variation of this table is charming, as well as the sizes of all the different pieces that make it up. I particularly like the version with the ring holding it together.

  2. Michael McKenzie May 20, 2007 at 8:31 pm

    Lovely work and I suppose a nice piece for the cottage or retreat in the woods…BUT…for the crucial small space multi unit highrise apartment.crucial to a smaller footprint for you and I…..This is redundant furniture

  3. nick May 17, 2007 at 7:07 am

    they do say that this one is 60% lighter that the origonal. some of this could be due to use of material but id think that it must be hollow to reduce the weight by that much. i like the look of the gaps, but i can see the problems with them. maybe a clear resin could be used to fill them?

  4. todd May 16, 2007 at 7:35 pm

    It seems rather wasteful to *not* make it hollow.

  5. dave May 16, 2007 at 6:12 pm

    I was told at the show that the stoolen lite was hollow because the origanal version was to heavy

  6. Richie May 16, 2007 at 10:28 am

    Gaps allow for insect infestation… plus these tables are too heavy. So they’re kind of interesting but not very usable.

  7. Hun Boon May 16, 2007 at 5:02 am

    Paul: yes I agree, the gaps are unsightly. Perhaps they could grind up some scrap wood and fill in those spaces? That would make it more “complete”.

  8. PaulS. May 16, 2007 at 1:16 am

    The Uhuru site is very attractive but they don’t tell me how much one of their scrap wood tables weighs. If it’s as solid as it appears it could be somewhat heavy, possibly more than many people would want. It looks like the spaces between the individual wood pieces is left open, not a good thing if small objects get lost down there or liquids get spilled on it.

  9. Rick Montreal May 15, 2007 at 4:26 pm

    stoolen should be “stolen” as in Brent Comber did this eons ago…tak tsk

  10. Architecture Fan May 15, 2007 at 2:07 pm


    Lovely, I think.

  11. todd May 15, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    They stole the scrap wood idea from Scrapile! They should be ashamed!

  12. JS May 14, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    “cleverly mimics the shape of a tree stump”…

    that’s funny sh@t.

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