Q: What do you get when you cross ‘nine inches of sexy scrap furniture-grade hardwood packing a handful of over-sized indestructible American hardware’ with ‘nearly a pound of choice hardwood scrap with a spine and top knot of solid American steel’?
A: One robotic scrapwood superhero and his scrapwood sidekick duck, obviously.
(At least, that’s what you get if the person doing the crossing is New York designer Daniel Moyer)
From his dream+make design studio/workshop in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Moyer builds minimalist, sustainable furniture – prototype and one-of-a-kind edition pieces that recall a purer aesthetic age: entire tables created from a single section of fallen local tree; simple chairs created using hardwood, aluminium, nuts and bolts; scrap hardwood mallets.
MVW Ideas calls his work ‘impeccable’, and remarks that it is imbued with a ‘divine simplicity’ that ‘invokes a kind of rugged American nostalgia for the craft of centuries past while remaining incredibly modern’.
And now, from his workshop’s scrapwood leftovers, Moyer has launched a limited edition line of adorable, handmade toys he calls fdup.toys, comprising two funky little characters: fdup.chuk (the superhero) and fdup.duk (the sidekick duck).
‘For us’, he says, ‘fdup.toys is a dessert course – a designed experiment in relaxed simple building, a small scale production employing old school work flow and jig techniques, and a nice way to salvage and purpose the trimmings that would normally end up in the woodshop dumpster.’
And as desserts go, we find Moyer’s totally scrumptious.