DIY project turns washing machine parts into chairs

After one of your household appliances goes caput, I'm guessing your first thought is something like, "Crap, now I have to replace this thing." And if it's something large like a refrigerator, your next thought is probably, "Ugh, what am I going to do with this old one?" At least that's how we feel.

So many appliances that we rely on daily are unwieldy. And when they break, there's just a giant hunk of metal and plastic taking up space where that precious clothes washer/dish cleaner/food preserver used to be. We know that we're going to have levitating washing machines and other awesome appliances in the future, but what do we do in the meantime?

An industrial designer at Jesusalem's Bezalel Academy of Art and Design named Antonina thought about this and decided to turn one old washing machine into a few different contemporary pieces of furniture after it stopped working. She even provides a step-by-step guide so you too can tear apart your washing machine and find a new way to use it in your home.

The furniture doesn't look very comfortable, but the pieces are one-of-a-kind, and even better, they look like they came straight from the The Jetsons. Her project is aptly called "I used to be a washing machine," and the video is a fun watch. Antonina lines up all the washing machine bits and then shows examples of chairs that she contructed from the disassembled pieces: the 'Buddy Armchair,' the 'Dorry Chair' and the 'Dramms Stool.' There's also a gallery below of the project at various stages of completion.

YouTube, via Design Boom

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