Turning Lemons into Furniture

Everyone know the saying about turning lemons into lemonade, but what about the saying where we turn garbage into furniture? Emergent Structures loves those stories! We love them so much we handed 12 SCAD Furniture Design students discarded glass, discarded wood, and discarded rebar, then said, ‘Go!’

Next week these designers—students in Professor Aaron Heisler’s metal prototyping class—will unveil their tables at a special event at the The Creator’s Foundry, where DIRTT Environmental Solutions will host an award and sponsor-recognition luncheon, and IKEA will provide prizes for the first, second and third place entries to our Savannah Rails Table-Making Extravaganza!


Like so much of our work, this project is the result of unique partnerships working under a shared vision. In this case,  The Creative Coast is hard at work nurturing the entrepreneurial community in Savannah, so Emergent joined in to build tables that these entrepreneurs could build their future on. DIRTT and IKEA, both in earnest pursuit of bringing their Savannah facilities to zero-waste, donated materials to Emergent Structures. Rives E. Worrell Co. provided the excess rebar from one of their construction sites Emergent design a model table to pay homage to Savannah’s storied railroad history as a vibrant economic driver, and Aaron Heisler interpreted the design we created into the first prototype table, then the students took it from there. An, boy, did they take it to the next level!

Here are the amazing designers: Alexander Bilzerian • James Ervin • James Gonzalez • Andrew Greenbaum • Shawn Horsey • Jasmin Pena • Derek Ball • Christian Pennebaker • Levi Gordy • Pooja Pawaskar • Sahil Singh • Hui Sun

There’s still time for individuals or businesses to sponsor a Savannah Rails table for $600. So far, we want to thank our generous supports:

• DIRTT Environmental Solutions
• IKEA
• Kimberly Till and Grey Katherine Powell
• Jacqueline and Ken Sirlin
• Queensborough National Bank and Trust Company

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