We're liking the furniture of RISD graduate and Artists for Humanity mentor Jamison Sellers. Sellers' motif is to utilize salvaged bolts of wood from pallets, shelving, and other sources and create careful, geometric patterns. The pattern—fitting to the terminology—is reminiscent of lightning bolts. His methodology reminds us of artist Duncan Johnson, who uses a similarly painstaking process.
Our favorite piece is the Pallet Chair. Simple, but beautiful, the dynamic motif on the chair almost looks like a textile instead of mere wood.
The Stash Coffee Table, on the other hand, is a bit more subtle. As such, the hidden compartment is a playful addition to an otherwise sophisticated piece of furniture.
Sellers has another interesting project in the works where he "cast[s] recycled plastic bags in steel molds using heat and compression." For the prototypes, Sellers used plastic bags from the local newspaper, the Providence Journal, which apparently uses "150,000 LDPE bags every day." The results are quite eye-catching.
In these process photos, we can see the creation of the patterned and polychromatic bolt motif from the ground up.
Dave Seliger is a Postgrad Fellow in Logistics and Ext Affairs at the NYC Office of Emergency Management. He has extensive experience helping firefighters, police officers, and disaster responders improve their services through design.