With copper prices at an all time high, theft of copper has become a growing probelm. Caldwell became frustrated after a thief stripped the copper out of one of his welding machines; Completely destroying the expensive machine for a couple dollars worth of copper, most likely for the theft’s next drug fix. The American Pipe Dream Chair is a response to these crimes.
Composed of half inch copper piping, which has been soldered together in a maze-‐ like method inspired by the windows computer pipe screen saver. The American Pipe Dream Chair is finished with a fine glass bead blasting and sealed with an industrial metal sealer. The chair cushion is upholstered in a faux emu leather with a goose down cushion for comfort.
About Benjamin Rollins Caldwell
Dubbed “the re-inventor”, designer and founder of BRC Designs Benjamin Rollins Caldwell creates furniture from both traditional and unconventional materials—from wood, metal, glass, plastic, and stone, to playing cards, defunct pianos, reclaimed computer parts, books, bottle caps, and children’s toys. Caldwell sources materials from thrift and antique stores, and junk yards, and has said, “sometimes the objects I discover simply inspire an overall design idea, and other times the objects actually become the raw material for the piece.” His “binary collection”, which garnered attention recently when Lady Gaga featured one of Caldwell’s chairs on the cover of her ArtPop album, incorporates motherboards, computer chips, and LED screens. Other designs have included a lamp composed of recycled piano keys, and a chair and table made from copper piping.
American, b. 1983, based in Inman, South Carolina