May 8, 2010 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
Inspired by the “duality of Coney Island–its whimsical, colorful summers and melancholy winters,” the Cyclone Lounger is part of Uhuru Design’s Coney Island line of outdoor furniture to be unveiled this weekend at BKLYN Designs 2010. The pieces “interpret the architecture of the desolate dreamscape: low-rise buildings patched with signs and seasonal layers of paint, beneath the towering old-fashioned rollercoaster.”
Crafted from low-VOC powder coat-finished steel and the reclaimed Ipe wood of the demolished iconic New York boardwalk, the new line takes its cues from both the physical and cultural settings of the famed amusement park site. The Ipe wood, first installed on the boardwalk in the late 1940′s, has weathered in the sun, salt, and snow for 70 years. Uhuru says their intention was to play off “the organized chaos of the ride’s structure, flattened to one layer of metal, with the sides connected sporadically to create a dynamic interchange of space and void on the base.”
Uhuru, a Brooklyn-based furniture design company, is dedicated to sustainability and local craftsmanship.