The architectural firm i29 surprised everyone a couple of years ago with their interior design for the Dutch advertising agency Gummo. They revamped their offices using secondhand furniture coated in thick dark gray paint and set against white walls. The result is economical, environmentally friendly and modern.

Buying secondhand furniture helps reduce our carbon footprint and promotes more conscientious consumption. A simple, stylish approach like the one i29 proposes adds convenience and esthetic value to this eco-friendly alternative. The dark gray paint they used is actually a coating of solvent-free polyurea. Polyurea is a durable material commonly used industrial settings, in cargo trucks, for example, or for waterproofing the edges of pools. When applied to furniture, its rubbery finish lends the pieces a Tim Burton-esque look and feel.

Though i29 admits the transformation was simple, the results have caused quite an impact. Their design received such great reviews that the group has decided to launch a second collection of furniture in collaboration with Gummo and Krimpex Coating System. “As Good As New” presents a variety of interesting refurbished objects, from a radically transformed bust of Jesus to a most unconventional loveseat.

There are any myths surrounding secondhand objects, most of them in favor of mass consumerism. In reality, buying and refurbishing used items is a great creative outlet that  also helps to keep our voracious market system in check. Check out the As Good As New website for inspiration, and be sure to drop by the SPRMRKT furniture store if you are visiting or living in Amsterdam.

The architectural firm i29 surprised everyone a couple of years ago with their interior design for the Dutch advertising agency Gummo. They revamped their offices using secondhand furniture coated in thick dark gray paint and set against white walls. The result is economical, environmentally friendly and modern.

Buying secondhand furniture helps reduce our carbon footprint and promotes more conscientious consumption. A simple, stylish approach like the one i29 proposes adds convenience and esthetic value to this eco-friendly alternative. The dark gray paint they used is actually a coating of solvent-free polyurea. Polyurea is a durable material commonly used industrial settings, in cargo trucks, for example, or for waterproofing the edges of pools. When applied to furniture, its rubbery finish lends the pieces a Tim Burton-esque look and feel.

Though i29 admits the transformation was simple, the results have caused quite an impact. Their design received such great reviews that the group has decided to launch a second collection of furniture in collaboration with Gummo and Krimpex Coating System. “As Good As New” presents a variety of interesting refurbished objects, from a radically transformed bust of Jesus to a most unconventional loveseat.

There are any myths surrounding secondhand objects, most of them in favor of mass consumerism. In reality, buying and refurbishing used items is a great creative outlet that  also helps to keep our voracious market system in check. Check out the As Good As New website for inspiration, and be sure to drop by the SPRMRKT furniture store if you are visiting or living in Amsterdam.

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