Vintage plane parts destined for the scrap heap have been given a new lease on life and being transformed into beds chairs and desks.
Californian company Motoart spends hours transforming wings, doors and engine cowls into stylish furniture.
Many of the parts require more than 100 hours of cutting, grinding, buffing and polishing before they are ready for purchase.
The company’s bomber seats even come with the original ejector pin and ‘remove before flight’ warning tag.
Their prices range from from $100 for a desk watch to $60,000 for a one-of-a-kind conference table, made from a wing.
Dave Hall, joint owner of Motoart, based next to Los Angeles International Airport, said:
“The mile high beds are very popular with men – and they are almost always bachelors.”
“The bed frames are made from the tail fins of a DC-9 aircraft.”
“They cost between $15,000 and $31,000 but all our prices reflect the rarity of the aeroplane model.”
“We only have 12 of the ejector seats left, so they are priced at $12,000 each.”
Motoart has produced items for A-list celebrities, royalty in the Middle East, and big business clients including Microsoft and Boeing.
Mr Hall said: “A business executive who buys one of our desks certainly has a conversation starter when someone walks into their office.”
Mr Hall 45, set up Motoart in 2001 with Donovan Fell, 64.
The business now employs 17 people and takes in around $40 million a year.
They first got the idea of transforming aircraft parts after selling a set of formerly scrap propellors as art, in the late 1990s.
Mr Hall said “Donovan had his doubts at first, but we cleaned the propellors up and sold them for $10,000 a piece – so we knew we were on to a winner.”
“The scrap parts make up ancient aircraft history. The engineering that went into them is incredible and we only enhance that.”
“Why wouldn’t you want to own a piece of history that looks this good?”
Attribution: Daily Mail