Henry P. Glass invented the first steel hairpin furniture leg in 1941 against the backdrop of World War II, when the scarcity of materials demanded new innovations in design. The triangular bases, which echoed the silhouette of a lady’s hairpin, utilized attenuated steel wire while keeping the strength of traditional, solid legs. These iron hairpin legs, designed in New York and hand-welded in a co-op in Java, Indonesia, stay true to the original efficiency of design and resources by using recycled metals. They may be used as chair bases, to create a table of your own design, or wired and installed as a pendant or wall lamp.
These recycled iron bases require no special care. Wipe down with your favorite mild household cleaner when necessary.
Bob Fireman founded his Brooklyn design studio in partnership with a Javanese workshop and factory that is co-owned by the artisans who work there. The company specializes in reclaimed wood furniture and recycled materials. All of their products are certified by the Forest Steward Council to be either FSC Recycled or FSC Pure. An FSC Recycled product means that a minimum of 85% of the wood fiber content is from post-consumer sources, with a maximum of 15% coming from post-industrial sources. FSC Pure means that the product is made of wood from a well managed, FSC certified forest.
Recycled iron legs in modern hairpin design. May be used to create chairs or tables. Designed in New York and produced in Java, Indonesia. Comes in two sizes: 28 inches and 15 inches. Sold individually. Also available in Black.
28 inches long (71 cm)
15 inches long (38 cm)
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