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Friday, May 20, 2011

NOHO Design District: Uhuru - War Craft

Uhuru's War Craft Line is made from reclaimed wood taken from the deck of the decommissioned USS North Carolina.
It is to date one of the most decorated battleships in US naval history, was built at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in the 30's, and fought during WWII. By exploring and referencing the forms of the USS North Carolina, the pieces create a dialog between honoring those lost during the its various campaigns and exploring the inherently violent nature of modern war craft.

The Mark-8 Room Divider is shaped with the life-sized negative silhouette of the bullets that were fired from the USS North Carolina. It gives a sense of scale to the massive and destructive weapons on-board. The black bronze powder coating is offset with subtle brass screws and hinges. Flexible enough to be used as a room divider or mirror, this thoughtful piece aims to bring a palpable sense of scale to the viewer.

The 16/45 End Tables vary in size, each referencing the colossal diameter and caliber of the bullets that were onboard the USS North Carolina. The tapered shape of the table supports took subtle cues from the battleship itself. The lightness of the base is a direct contrast to the solid bullets. Crafted out of either teak or cold-rolled steel, the tables support black glass and are available in three heights.

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