Vintage Plane Parts Take Flight As Retro Furniture

There was a time when everything, from cars to toasters, was designed with care and not a little bit of style. These days, everything’s made as cheaply and quickly as possible, with little thought for durability or aesthetic. Many failed to realize what they had back in the early 20th century, tossing aside well-made products for the newest thing to come down the assembly line.

If you long for the sleek lines and elegant curves of yesterday, you’re not alone. There are millions who prefer to hunt down and refurbish vintage and antique items rather than settle for modern convenience. Although, there are few who take it to such heights as California-based Motoart. Tired of watching vintage airplanes be carted off to the scrap heap, this creative company recycles the parts into stunning pieces of retro furniture.


Image via Motoart

To transform the wings, rudders, ejection seats, and engine cowls of old planes into high end furniture, the team at Motoart must spend hours lovingly dismantling, cutting, grounding, buffing and polishing each piece. When they’re done, old plane elements that were once rusted and unloved shine with the glory of their in-service days.


Image via Motoart

Not only does Motoart’s creative upcycling help preserve integral parts of our military and industrial history, it also helps keep a ton of waste out of scary airplane graveyards like this one. Of course, despite its environmentally friendliness, the labor-intensive nature of Motoart’s vintage furniture puts it out of the price range of most working class folk. Still, the company says that its pieces, which are fabulous conversation starters, are favorites of aviation enthusiasts, bachelors, and corporate executives alike.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog

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