Plane Industries are transforming old airplane parts into exceptional pieces of modern furniture. Their handcrafted designs include chairs made from engine intakes, wall clocks made from airplane windows and a drinks cabinet made from a bomb. This is aviation upcycling in first class!
Modern Aviation-inspired Furniture by Plane Industries
Since 2013, Plane Industries have been on a mission to breathe new life into retired aircraft parts. The two brothers who founded the company discovered a huge volume of high quality aviation parts that were sent off to landfills. As an alternative to the ‘throw-away culture,’ they decided to salvage parts and give them a new purpose. Each part is carefully selected and curated before it’s handcrafted into a unique piece of modern furniture – and the finished pieces all have clear references to their aviation past. Plane Industries offer a number of smaller pieces you can buy directly from their shop but their main attraction is the custom furniture.
The Cowling chairs
The Cowling chair is probably the most known – and exceptional – piece of furniture from Plane Industries. The chair is made from either a BAE-147 Jet Aircraft or Boeing 737 engine intake and is a massive spinning chair that easily fits two people. The authentic shape lets you explore and admire the grand size of this unique aircraft part that we usually only see from far away. The chair is available in black or white – or you can opt for a custom solution.
Fuselage Wall Clocks
Plane Industries offer two different wall clocks so you can choose between an Airbus or Boeing 747 window fuselage. The authentic piece is cut from a section of the old airplane and goes through a long process of shaping, cleaning, sanding, polishing and powder coating before the clock is mounted in the window. The finished result is a unique clock that provides endless travel memories.
The Bomb Drinks Cabinet
Another statement piece is the eight feet tall Bomb drinks cabinet made from a 1970s missile fuselage from a practice cluster bomb. The polished aluminum and steel body has been fitted with a 24K gold plated rotating center spindle for showcasing your best bottles and favorite drinking glasses in the most exceptional way. It’s a truly unique piece filled with contradictions that – just like a piece of art – will start conversations and make you wonder if there are limits to what we can upcycle?
Who’s behind Plane Industries?
If you recognize Plane Industries, you might have seen the two brothers Ben and Harry Tucker in an episode of the British TV show Dragon’s Den from 2019. Their line of luxury bags was also launched on Kickstarter in 2016, but since then the company has focused on their line of furniture.
The brothers salvage the old airplane parts from landfills and incorporate the history into the new items while sending a strong message, that we should recycle and repurpose great materials rather than always buying new.