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When a person uses the word “desert” to describe the color of their beige boots, chances are they’ve been exposed to military uniforms instead of high fashion. But like all great extremes, there eventually comes a great fusion. Thanks to the inventive designs created by Stephen Kenn, Svyatoslav Boyarincev and Environment Furniture, we’re seeing reclaimed militaria gear come to life in modern (and Shaker) furniture design, allowing civilians the opportunity to show off their own appreciation for the vast, technical understanding of what goes into a durable canvas material or the precision of a fighter jet – even when it comes in the form of a lounge chair that fits perfectly in your living room.
Whether it’s a result of reclaimed army materials with a brand new, cutting edge structure or inspiring geometries derived from a Lockheed fighter jet, militant designs are being spotted left and right within the interior design scene. Designer/manufacturer Stephen Kenn is one of the first names that populates in an online search of the new trend. Honoring the past, his Inheritance Collection’s lounge chair and ottoman are comprised of a modern, steel-welded frame with a marbled finish, leather straps with buckles, custom webbing belts and repurposed WWII military fabric. Shifting to the simplicity and traditional craftsmanship of the Shaker aesthetic, Environment Furniture created their Neo Shaker lounge chair by way of a traditional furniture maker in Delaware who uses reclaimed “shelter half army canvas” as durable upholstery. On the opposite side of the design spectrum, a Russian designer named Svyatoslav Boyarincev found a plethora of contemporary design inspiration in the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk stealth aircraft. To honor its clean lines, Boyarincev created “The Armchair” in honor of its sophisticated angles and clean finish. It even shows off what looks like folded down wings at each of its sides. From reclaimed designs to those of stark minimalism, our widespread fascination with the complexities of war, the history of defense, and the emotions brought on by patriotism filters through each chair in a way that cannot be put into words, but rather brought to life by a simple seat to call your own.