Upcycled Furniture: Finding Unexpected New Uses for Trash

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We've all heard the saying "one man's trash is another man's treasure" – and furniture maker Rodney Allen Trice is definitely one example of "another man." In fact, he named his upcycling design company The Other Man's Treasures, reclaiming all sorts of so-called junk and transforming it into quirky and fun new pieces that are like functional pieces of sculpture.

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These are the kinds of tables, chairs and lamps that make you do a double-take and say things like, "is that a vacuum cleaner?!" The most unexpected of objects are incorporated into practical household items, like a coiled hose made into an ottoman, or a tea kettle into a task light.

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Trice got his start when he moved to New York City in the 1980s and had to furnish his new home on a budget. Found objects were the obvious solution. The artist's creative vision avoids the milk-crate bachelor pad effect, resulting in clever curiosities instead.

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Check out the whole gallery of upcycled furniture and lighting at TOMTinc.com, or purchase your own at the artist's Etsy shop.