Designer Henry Baumann has used discarded cable spools to create some fascinating pieces that evoke the imagination.
You can watch videos of Henry Baumann talking about his designs – here and here.
4 1/2 Circles by Henry Baumann
Henry Baumann approached this project with the same vision that has guided much of his previous work: giving new life to the materials that others have discarded, transforming unwanted leftovers into something interesting- without creating any additional waste. Modular systems, which are readily available in large quantities, lend themselves quite naturally to this creative process. The systems can easily be taken apart and the single components can be transformed into something completely new.
It was during his experimentation with this waste material that Baumann stumbled upon the big wooden cable drums often found on building sites. While he wanted to stay true to his concept of creating without waste, and of making something new without too much alteration or the addition of other materials, he discovered that these drums were simply too big and heavy for one person to handle. They needed to be cut in order to be manageable. By approaching the big wooden round plates with a spiral cut, he was able to make an interesting transformation yet still respect the integrity of the original object by using only one single cut. The only element added to the original material to hold it altogether was a little bit of glue.