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Après Collection by François Chambard

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Not all furniture is designed to be displayed at the fashion exhibitions, or the fancy furnishing magazines, or famous Design Weeks and such. Furniture can be a statement that gives hopes, new dreams and new beginings. This is a story of Après Collection by François Chambard!


Inspiring Furniture Collection by François Chambard

Après furniture collection presented by François Chambard is not simply furniture for furniture, but also a conceptual model of repurposing of rugged up pieces that were destroyed by the natural disaster. A recent Superstorm Sandy, that left so many lifes damaged by loss and death, also left a lot of homes behind, along with furnishing accessories. Some of such accessories, namely the pieces many from Token, Brooklyn based furniture design company were given a second life in the Après furniture collection.


The collection though very small, consisting only of three lamps and three vessels, presents a much wider concept for Reclaim NYC. Reclaim NYC is a design community, which teamed up to raise some money for restoration of the beautiful New York city. Their means of actions are seen through selling of the furniture created from materials reclaimed or salvaged after the storm and of pieces inspired by the flooding.

About 20 designers were putting effort into uniting their forces to reclaim New York. Among such designers are Karim Rashid, Kevin Michael Burns, DMFD, Joe Doucet and many others. All of the pieces in Après furniture collection were made from salvaged parts, recycled and leftover materials and donated supplies from local and regional businesses that have endured Sandy.

Many of these parts were found in Red Hook, Brooklyn, an area hard-hit by the storm, and most were collected at the shop and studio of UM Project peers at Token, a furniture design company that was devastated by the storm. If you are curious on what the name of collection stands for, it is reference to acknowledge what has happened, says Chambard, “how Sandy has affected people’s lives and businesses and what the future can be”. Isn’t that inspiring?


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