We’re not sure if Italian artist Carlo Sampietro is a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fan but his latest creation seems like it would be perfect for Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo and Leonardo. The New York-based artist took a discarded city sewage pipe and transformed it into an industrial-chic sofa, creating an attractive hybrid of sculpture and furniture. By repurposing the rusty old pipe, the artist gave new life to something thought to be utterly useless, and made it into an incredible piece of multi-functional art.
Inspiration for the Cloche Sofa came from spotting an old pipe on the streets of New York waiting to be replaced with a new model. Although the artist’s vision may have been effortless, the process of re-establishing the piece into something useful was quite complicated.
The biggest challenges to the project were mainly structural and mechanical issues. Sampietro used a plasma cutter to cut the pipe into modular sections, and welded the seats back onto the tube’s body. The seats rotate and lock in place when opened, revealing a comfy sitting area. Adding to the sofa’s industrial appeal are LED-lit side panels and cool conic stabilizers.
Carlo Sampietro’s “Cloche Sofa” will be on display at the Dumbo Art Festival from September 26-28, 2014.