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Recycled Oil Drums Make Beautiful Furniture

12/27/2010 12:00:00 AM

Tags: recycled oil drums, furniture

Last year when the Natural Home staff decorated Blair House, President Obama’s guest house, for Christmas, we fell in love with VivaTerra’s oil drum angels. Made from the scores of oil drums washed up on Haiti’s shores, the angels are simple, elegant—and make good use of a sadly abundant resource. (They’re also on sale now that Christmas has passed.)

I’m happy to see that artisans everywhere are discovering the oil drum and using it as a versatile new design material. From the “Bamako” scrap metal district of Mali, West Africa, to the Snodevormgevers design group in the Netherlands, designers and artists have been experimenting with discarded oil-drums’ aesthetically versatile form to create rustic yet refined furniture collections that would enhance any natural home. I’m eyeing the “Ray” oil drum chair with a hidden storage compartment (because who doesn’t need more storage?) for our family room. I suspect you might find something to love in one of the following four oil drum-based collections.

Snodevrmgevers oil drum furniture 
Design group Snodevrmgevers sells tables and chairs made from recycled oil barrels, bicycle stands and steel. Photo Courtesy Snodevrmgevers. 

Silla Bidon oil drum chair 
The Silla Bidon oil drum chairs feature upholstered leather seats. Photo Courtesy Vaho.  

Ray oil drum chair 
The Ray oil drum chair has a hidden storage compartment beneath the seat. Photo Courtesy reestore. 

oil drum rocker 
Jean-François Royer's 'Stanker' line of repurposed industrial oil barrels includes an oil drum rocker. Photo Courtesy Stanker. 



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