Gallery — MAKESHIFT Chair Workshop

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Participants reconstruct a chair at the MAKESHIFT chair workshop. Photo by Peter Stanglmayr.

Kristen Wentrcek from Wintercheck factory and Andrew Zebulon Williams reconstruct a chair at the MAKESHIFT chair workshop. Photo by Peter Stanglmayr.

Eco-friendly salvage yard Build It Green! NYC and Krrb teamed up this past weekend for the MAKESHIFT Chair Workshop in Gowanus. Crafty attendees had the chance to deconstruct and repurpose old chairs using fabric, paint, wood, metal, flowers and gloss. With the creative guidance of designer Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin and Amy Devers from A&E’s “Fix This Yard”, crafters turn their ideas into action. All photos by Peter Stanglmayr.

Amy Devers of A&E's "Fix This Yard," Natalie Chanin of "Alabama Chanin" clothing line, and Gael Towey, former Chief Integration and Creative Officer of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia with the bench they re-designed.

Amy Devers of A&E’s “Fix This Yard,” Natalie Chanin of “Alabama Chanin” clothing line, and Gael Towey, former Chief Integration and Creative Officer of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia with the bench they re-designed.

Stephen Slaughter, an architecture professor at the University of Cincinnati shows off the chair he sheathed in burlap.

Stephen Slaughter, an architecture professor at the University of Cincinnati shows off the chair he sheathed in burlap.

We love this dark, fabric-covered chair.

We love this dark, fabric-covered chair.

Russell Baldon is chair of the furniture department at the California College of The Arts. He combined the seat of a lawn chair and the back of a wooden chair into one piece.

Russell Baldon is chair of the furniture department at the California College of The Arts. He combined the seat of a lawn chair and the back of a wooden chair into one piece.

Timo Rissanen, Assistant Professor of Fashion Design and Sustainability at Parsons The New School for Design with his finished chair.

Timo Rissanen, Assistant Professor of Fashion Design and Sustainability at Parsons The New School for Design with his finished chair.

Megan Nicolay from Generation T shows off her chair threaded with T-shirts.

Megan Nicolay from Generation T shows off her chair threaded with T-shirts.

Check out the stencil detail on the back of this rehabbed chair.

Check out the stencil detail on the back of this rehabbed chair.

Fabric and wood are part of the structure of this DIY chair.

Fabric and wood are part of the structure of this DIY chair.

CJ Lotz of Krrb.com displays her stenciled wood chair.

CJ Lotz of Krrb displays her stenciled wood chair.

Filip M. Popovic holds up the chair he wrapped in soft, dark, material.

Filip M. Popovic holds up the chair he wrapped in soft, dark, material.

Look at all the fabric and texture going on. What a funky, spider-webby seat.

Look at all the fabric and texture going on. What a funky, spider-webby seat.

This classic powder room chair got a facelift.

This classic powder room chair got a facelift.

A Build It Green! NYC volunteer with the chair she rehabbed.

A Build It Green! NYC volunteer with the chair she rehabbed.

A participant shows the functionality of her seat.

A participant shows the functionality of her seat.

Two crafters merged their chairs together to create a loveseat.

Two crafters merged their chairs together to create a loveseat.

We love the classic lines of this chair and the addition of fabric.

Amanda Bowen of AREA 17 and her mom Janet and brother Nicholas with the chair they designed.

A spruced up school chair.

A spruced up school chair.

Fabric strips are layered over the seat of this chair.

Fabric strips are layered over the seat of this chair.

A fun asymmetrical fabric design covers the new seat of this chair.

A fun asymmetrical fabric design covers the new seat of this chair.

Action! A finished director's chair.

Action! A finished director’s chair by Karina Kallio.

To see the creative process and the fruits of their labor, read on to browse through the pictures. Some of the chairs from the workshop will be auctioned off on BIG!NYC’s Krrb corner so stay tuned! All photos by Peter Stanglmayr.

 
  • Crystal Holt

    Let me know when they have a reupholstering furniture class. That’s a dying art.