April 1, 2019

Slinky Chair Wins Recycling Competition

Last weekend at Habitat for Humanity ReStore’s annual “Furniture Flip,” the slinky chair, designed along with collaborator Garrett Mitchell, takes home Top Design.

Each year Bend ReStore hosts a judged charity auction prompting local designers to build or restore a chair with all proceeds benefiting their store. In response to this prompt architect Alex Collins, along with collaborator Garrett Mitchell, chose to reimagine the classic “sling chair” built entirely of shop scraps and upcycled materials from The ReStore. Instead of using typical textiles or leather for the hanging portion of the chair, Blue Forty fabricated a wooden mesh strung with metal rods recycled from an old wire shelf. For the frame of the chair, rebar scraps from a local job site were welded together to create a strong, yet springy exoskeleton to hang the wooden mesh. The chair took top prize in the chair category.

See the finished product here: https://blue-forty.com/project/slinky/

Bend Restore: https://restorebend.org/

Bend Habitat for Humanity: https://bendredmondhabitat.org/

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