Putting a spin on turning one man's trash into another's treasure, University of Central Oklahoma interior design students went one step further, fashioning their own furniture from discarded materials.
Creating a collection of benches, tables and chairs, teams of students constructed original furniture pieces from trash as final projects for their custom furniture class. After rummaging through trash bins and searching construction sites, students built unique pieces on display in Evans Hall Interior Design Gallery, located in the basement of UCO's College of Arts, Media & Design, 100 N. University in Edmond.
While the project challenges students to use elements of design in their pieces, UCO design professor Amy Jacobson-Peters said the purpose of the assignment is to familiarize students with green design and sustainability within their creative field.
"We need students to think about the materials they use and have an awareness of how they impact the environment," she said.
Sophomore Jamie Foster used discarded materials from her employer, Kang's Asian Bistro, and created a new entryway table. Using wine bottles destined for the dump, she and her team built a one-of-a-kind table by breaking the bottles into small pieces of glass and covering them with resin to make a tabletop.
"We used discarded wood for the legs," Foster said. "The owners of the restaurant loved it so much, they bought it to use in their entryway."
The environmentally friendly furniture collection is on display and available for viewing from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week.