Upcycled Furniture from a Los Angeles Studio

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By Erika Heet / Published by Dwell
Designer Patrick Cain draws on his engineering background to create unique modern pieces in metal, concrete, and wood.

Based in Los Angeles, former nuclear materials engineer Patrick Cain creates one-of-a-kind live-edge furniture from pieces found in what he calls "the L.A. Urban Forest."

The Fresno table is among Cain's signature live-edge tables.

"When a tree falls or has to come down, I or one of my people are there to cut it up, then dry it out so it can be someone’s table, bench, or chair down the road," says Cain. "Right now, I have some great wood, including pieces from the L.A. Zoo and a tree that, until last year, was a Santa Monica historic landmark."

The Brooklyn table rests on steel legs that fold into the base.

Cain also creates tables from metals such as copper and steel, and LEED-certified concrete. Scroll through to see Cain’s original designs, and visit Patrick Cain Designs for more information.

The Oakland table is topped by a raw-concrete slab.

The Los Alamos side table.

The Frisco Raw is a steel cube.

The Cleveland three-drawer chest.