Dumpster Diving.

This is a good story! Last week, I recieved an excited phone call from Rob telling me about a wild experience he had fishing furniture out of a dumpster. This is not the first time Rob has saved furniture from the landfill . . . and, if I was a gambling man, I would put my chips in a hat, betting on it not being the last time either.

The lesson here is this: Before you Bin something, Google. Or call Rob directly? Just think, the next time you happen past a dumpster, imagine all the mid-century modern history lessons held within . . . unless that dumpster is behind a Taco Bell, then nevermind.

In Rob's own words:

It all started at a dumpster years ago — and still continues . . . Our latest find was just last week at Trent — luckily we got the furniture out just before a couple of days of torrential rain.


Under all the overstuffed sort of colonial velourish couches and chairs (ugly for sure, but they still looked sound and probably didn't deserve to be there either) I dug out some good finds. Original mid sixties Jacobsen Ant and Series Seven Chairs and a couple of Canadian Seating Company teak veneer chairs from the same era — We called them "spider chairs". Plus a sixties Muller and Stewart Image Series Couch. The latter originally designed for a suite in Habitat at Expo 67 based on a concept developed by Jack Diamond.  All beautiful — certainly worn but completely restorable.

You never throw out Jacobsen. Ever. 
Also included here is a shot of what I am calling the Rubidge Chair — a sling chair that was originally at the downtown Trent colleges and Rubidge Hall. Found a pair of them pretty battered and molding in a basement — can't save the leather and strapping but was able to get all the needed patterns. Love the design! Closer to the original Klint Safari. Much simpler than the Thom version — really can't strip anything more away and still have it work as a chair. 
— Rob Tuckerman, Blue Gum Design

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