You may be familiar with the long, drawn-out controversy surrounding a commercial real estate developer's plans to transform New York's Coney Island, the birthplace of the roller coaster and hot dogs (!), into an upscale theme park, high-rise towers, and hotels. After much petitioning and many public hearings over the past four years, the iconic Astro Park and Coney Island's legendary boardwalks are set to be replaced by with Luna Park, an amusement park with 19 rides, come Memorial Day weekend. As sad as it is, there is a flip side . . .
It's only fitting that a Brooklyn-based design company, Uhuru, would immortalize the iconic wooden planks of the Coney Island boardwalk with a line of salvaged furniture — and a gorgeous one at that. Just launched at New York Design Week, the new Coney Island line features six limited-edition pieces crafted from reclaimed Ipe wood, which was "first installed on the boardwalk in the late 1940s, has weathered in the sun, salt, and snow for 70 years." The collection features a Cyclone Lounger (above), with curves and a metal base evoking the noted roller coaster; the Wonder Coffee Table, with a pie shape surface inspired by the Wonder Wheel; the Drop End Table, recalling the towering Parachute Jump; the Boardwalk Console, with a tabletop surface echoing the inlaid pattern of the original boardwalk; the Drum Lamp, featuring reclaimed wood made to resemble the island's concrete-filled oil cans; and the Saison Mirror, an ode to the layers of paint coating the park.