When I walked past this furniture in a student neighborhood recently, I thought it was abandoned but worth a second look. The owner, it turns out, was moving in. Frugal and adventuresome tenants present a never-ending design tutorial, especially now that we realize the greenest products are the ones that already exist.
Until a relative parked a similar one in my basement, a table like the one in the picture would have gagged me. I started staging shop projects on mine and learned what a versatile workhorse the design is. My table was just the right height for standing labor, the canted legs made it especially stable, and the drop leaves allowed me to conform the top to any convenient shape. The design is grotesque, but the wood isn’t bad. A full-length cloth would disguise utilitarian form and create storage space underneath.
The green chair speaks for itself, with an accent that’s not particularly elegant. I couldn’t see the value of these things when they first appeared on the market, but not long after I found that my favorite beach rental had added a set to the cabin. That space is small, as was my child, and three stacked chairs made a good high chair. I do like furniture that can be maintained with a hose.
I’d choose high-tech epoxy-coated adjustable wire shelving over that baker’s rack, but if it had been grandmother’s, I’d probably be using it, too. It’s easy enough to recycle, and the in-house archaeologist just remarked that the piece is a whole kitchen, right there, sanitary and self-cleaning.
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