Thursday, April 21st, 2011
Jason Podlaski says he began experimenting with turning broken skate decks into furniture at the prompting of his brother Adam, an avid skater. “Looking at the decks, I was inspired by the consistent way in which they were broken,” he says. Podlaski’s company Deckstool has been featured in Playboy and a number of skateboard publications and blogs, and, in 2007, he won Interior Design magazine’s Future Furniture Competition.
Launched in 2007, Seven Ply turns pieces of broken decks into classy and colorful jewelry. “Scuffed and broken skateboards have become my obsession,” says designerLynn Weiler. “I love everything about them.” The New Jersey native found that the worn graphics and colorful plies offer endless possibilities for rings, bangles, belt buckles and pendants. In her “mission to find something that would allow [her] to work from home,” Weiler now finds herself ‘Turning Thrash’n into Fashion.’
The brainchild of former pro skater Victor Perez, Sk8Lamps are constructed out of rejected decks, wheels and trucks. Perez finds old, broken skateboards at thrift shops and sands off the graphics and stickers, using clippings from skate magazines and shellac to line the insides. To complete the eco-friendly operation, electrical pieces are removed from dated fixtures and given extended life. Perez’s lamps have been featured in the skate magazines Skateboard, Focus and Concrete Wave.
Text by Christopher Moraff