This Bilge Lounge Chair is made from reclaimed bourbon barrel staves and recycled fire truck leaf springs. First, the natural char of the staves is sealed, preserving the deep, smokey tone of the seat and back. The seat is then mounted on a spring base, providing comfort and resilience. The Bilge Lounge Chair is hand made to order in Uhuru’s studio in Denver, PA—this one was completed in 2021 by Greg (Woodworker) and Ed (Metalworker).
The Bilge Lounge chair was introduced in Uhuru’s early days when the co-founders dismantled reclaimed bourbon barrels into individual staves, metal hoops, and circular heads. They then explored how each part could be combined to create unique contemporary designs while retaining each part’s characteristics. This use of salvaged parts spawned the Küpe Collection and a new dialogue within Uhuru’s process of narrative design and demonstrated the beautiful potential of material applications.