Vintage Vespas turned into modern chairs
Upcycling has to be one of our favourite trends. Repurposing anything steeped in retro-cool into a brilliant bit of furniture that can be used as a showpiece is a-okay with us. Step forward, Spanish designers Carles Bel and Jesus Bel (not related) and their awesome vintage vespa chairs.
Having both graduated from the University of Barcelona, the two friends have been transforming the beloved Vespa Scooters into high-end swivel chairs since 2007. Their first piece came from when they recovered a Vespa chassis from a scrap yard, and they decided to “bring it back to life”. Little did they know that their upcycled piece of artwork would become one of their most recognisable pieces.
The impeccably made “Scooter Chairs” use many original parts from the original Italian scooter, including the chassis and –functional– taillights.
Much like the people who rode them, each chair is clad in leather and “painted using only high-end paints”. The chairs are all manufactured, customised and handmade in full by bel&bel, making each and every one fully unique. More than 200 units have been sold around the world.
But it doesn’t stop there, the designers say: “we decided every two years we would add an improvement or an extra to the piece”, which means the vintage pieces will only improve as time passes.
For more visit: belybel.com