Ahh… sailing. Out on the open waves. Seasickness, scurvy, a plum in your mouth and an inconceivable fascination with dodgy American leisurewear. We knew it must have one benefit to humanity – and here it is. Shiny new Spanish brand, DVELAS, recycle seafaring bits and bobs into a series of contemporary design projects – for people, like us, for whom lounging around on a beach is as nautically-minded as we’re likely to get.
Showing at this year’s Stockholm Design Week, the concept gives you one of those nagging “why didn’t I think of that” moments; outdoor furniture from materials that are guaranteed longevity, and carry an effortlessly stylish weathered look – both thanks to their former life. It’s not just outdoor chairs and loungers either; the brand’s clothes hangers with recycled snap hooks, and hemp rope are infinitely stylish – and destined for an industrial-chic fashion outlet near you soon – whilst they also delve into the world of installation and gallery spaces, with reused sails acting as a contemporary alternative to curtains or dividers.
Innovative, beautiful, environmentally sound… really; why didn’t I think of that?