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Living in the Computer Age Benjamin Rollins Caldwell
Living in the Computer Age Benjamin Rollins Caldwell

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Designer makes gorgeous furniture from abandoned electronics

Benjamin Rollins Caldwell is interested in what happens to electronics when they die. The designer was walking through an old warehouse when he came upon a hodgepodge of obsolete computers, calculators, telephones, and printers, and decided to take the pallets back to his studio. His vision produced The Binary Collection, a line of furniture made out of up-cycled, disposed electronics that shows us how much e-waste we actually produce.

The understructure of each piece is made of computer towers and sheet metal from printers that are bent to the proper form and riveted together. The surface of each piece is completely covered with colorful motherboards, computer chips, LCD screens, and hard drive disks held in place by sheet metal screws. In the chairs, the cushions are made from woven together ribbon cable and ethernet cables, and the tables have a functional surface made of salvaged glass above the base.

The art and pop culture worlds have taken notice of The Binary Collection, the most famous fan being Mother Monster herself. The collection was exhibited in a large installation called "Living in the Computer Age" at Lady Gaga's ArtRave, an event to celebrate and promote the singer's latest album, ARTPOP. Rollins Caldwell found the partnership fitting, not only because the chair looks like how many of the tracks on ARTPOP sound, but also because he says he likes viewers to be able to relate to his work, much like music.

In addition to Gaga's show, The Binary Collection was recently exhibited at Design Miami. Next stop — San Francisco's FOG art fair, where the entire Binary Room installation will be from January 16–19, 2014.

All images courtesy of BRC Designs.


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