As an artist and designer, I’m often collecting scraps of wood in hopes of resurrecting them into something beautiful, a new work of art possibly, or maybe something functional for a friend. No doubt plenty of my fellow DIYers have growing piles of mismatched wood just waiting to be transformed into something magnificent. To get you motivated for your next weekend project, here’s a little inspiration to stir your creative juices.
Brazillian designer Brunno Jahara’s furniture is an inspiring testament to repurposing would-be waste into something vibrant and valuable. A series of ten functional pieces, the Neorustica collection is made from brightly painted, salvaged wood scraps. All varnishes are non-toxic and only water-based paints were used. Taking the reuse concept a bit further, the interiors of the cabinets and desks are lined with a laminate made from recycled PET bottles.
Jahara’s use of bright colors and the rustic feel of Neorustica pay homage to Brazil’s rural countryside and vibrant culture. Each piece in the collection is named after a shanty town or “favela” in the designer’s hometown of Rio de Janeiro. The pieces embody both pastoral roots and urban style, an aesthetic intended by the designer to highlight the contrast of living conditions in the countryside to large cities.
View more of Brunno Jahara’s work at his website.
Images: Jahara Studio