Japanese brewery Suntory has been flattening and recycling their defunct whiskey barrels into furniture since the late 90s. In an attempt to expand their product line-up they recently announced that they have commissioned artist and designer Nobuhiro Nakazaki to design the Blend Series, a quite literal interpretation of the blending process used to make fine whiskey.
I applaud their recycling efforts but their new line is a bit too geometric and flat for my taste. I prefer their more rustic Barrel Series, which preserves the form and texture of these ancient artifacts.
via the press release