A combination of pallet wood with acrylics turns upcycled material into art deco inspired furniture. Korean design studio, Craft Combine, has decided to take pallets, an abundant material used in freight industries and turn them into functional, eclectic designs.
Many pallets contain a history with their raw appearance of marks, scratches and nails still embedded into the wood. The wood is treated in two ways, heat treatment and methyl bromide. Craft Combine chose to use heat treated pallet wood as it is harmless to humans.This rustic feel gets jazzed up when designers apply overlapping art deco-inspired patterns affixed to the backrests of the chairs.
The patterns are made from colorful, transparent acrylic material. To further the industrial appearance of the chairs, exposed hardware such as threaded bolt and large washers were used.
They combined the history of industrial pallets and the progression of their use through WWII with the early 1900s, when art deco became a popular style in art, furniture, architecture and interior design. The pallet wood is stacked and is built using an interlocking system.
Sturdy, functional and contemporary, Craft Combine art deco pallet chairs bring the colorful past of pallets into a whole new era.