benjamin rollins caldwell's recycled computer furniture
benjamin rollins caldwell's recycled computer furniture benjamin rollins caldwell's recycled computer furniture
dec 13, 2013

benjamin rollins caldwell's recycled computer furniture

‘binary collection’ : recycled computer component furniture by benjamin rollins caldwell
image courtesy industry gallery




spending countless hours sifting through thrift stores, antique stores, abandoned warehouses and salvage yards, south carolina-based artist benjamin rollins caldwell has compiled a vast array of obsolete computer equipment and electronic components for ‘binary collection’ at design miami 2013. presented by industry gallery washinton DC & los angeles, the series of bespoke furniture pieces have been completely covered with a collage of motherboards, computer chips, LED screens and hard drive disks held in place by sheet metal screws. ‘everything is 100% recycled from computers that have been reclaimed from schools and offices that are getting rid of their equipment,’ rollins caldwell explains to designboom. to create the skeleton of each form, old PC towers have been riveted and bent together using the discarded metal.



‘binary low table’
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‘binary chair’
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‘binary chair’
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‘binary coffee table’
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lady gaga with benjamin rollins caldwell in the ‘binary room’
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benjamin rollins caldwell explains his binary collection at design miami



detail of the components used for the ‘binary low table’
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‘binary low table’ detail
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wires used for the ‘binary chair’
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  • Nowhere in this article does it explain the presence of the naked woman sitting on his chair.
    Does the designer not believe in his own work?
    Why does he feel the need to exploit and degrade a woman in order to advertise his work?
    Why does the designer not sit naked in his own chair?

    And why are you now scoffing and muttering ‘feminist’ under your breath instead of stopping for a moment to consider my point?
    This has got to stop.
    C’mon Designbom. You’re smarter than this. Take a stand.

    Naomi T. Robinson

    Naomi says:
  • not for sitting but nice statement.

    markjamesdesign says:
  • Fantastic … in the real sense! But oh man, I don’t want to dust this. :))

    Robert de Vos says:
  • @Naomi,

    that’s just Lady Gaga being weird.

    Timo says:
  • I have to say that this is pure crap. Sorry but there is absolutely no aesthetic value to this. There’s barely a functionality. So what’s left, a message about technology ? Maybe in 1985.

    Alex says:

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