Upcycled Furniture: Finding Unexpected New Uses for Trash

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.

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.

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.

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

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