The Other Man’s Treasures (aka T.O.M.T.)

Luggage end tables by Rodney Allen Trice

Luggage end tables by Rodney Allen Trice

He’s been called the Duchamp of dumpster diving. But Rodney Allen Trice sees himself more as a vigilante of our disposable society, determined to find new uses for the junk we so heedlessly throw away. And find new uses he does. His company, T.O.M.T. (The Other Man’s Treasures) in Dumbo, transforms vintage suitcases into sidetables, a coiled garden hose into a table base, a vacuum cleaner into a floor lamp.

Joy bottle lanterns

Joy bottle lanterns

I love these Joy bottle lanterns. Somehow their domestic ordinariness is exactly what makes them so playful. And I love that he kept the product label on. Rodney’s description of how he goes about ‘saving’ these forgotten objects reminds me of a pound for lost or neglected pets given new life with a bit of TLC:

“Beyond bags of bottles and cans, beyond the corrugated cardboard boxes tied with string, beyond the papers and organic waste bins, lies a whole world of objects that are discarded with no regard. We find these objects, considered too ‘difficult’ to recycle, all over this great city of Gotham.”

 

The crutch table

Crutch table

Finding new uses is only part of the process. T.O.M.T. embraces a mid-century modern aesthetic so tables like the one above resemble many of the iconic designs we’ve become so familiar with.

 

Globe clock

Globe clock

 

How clever is this clock? It conflates time and space in one simple combination. If I owned it, I’d read time in smart-alec fashion: “a quarter to Alaska” or “half-past Russia.”

Check out more of Rodney’s clever designs here. And the next time you toss your old toaster, think twice. It may find a loving home in a design studio in Dumbo, Brooklyn.

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8 responses to “The Other Man’s Treasures (aka T.O.M.T.)

  1. On Baltic Street, between Henry and Hicks, someone has constructed a mini-garden using old suitcases. It is super cute and quirky, and it reminds me of those luggage end tables.

  2. These T.O.M.T. designs are awesome — such a forward-thinking way of creating something new out of something that was considered used-up.

  3. TOMT is has managed to transform the conversation piece into the conservation piece with innovative and aesthetically pleasing design! Bravo!

  4. Rodney A. Trice; keep doing what you’re doing for
    only you can do the things that you do do!
    Who loves u baby

  5. Amazing and cool as shiiiiiiit.
    Where can one buy this TOMT stuff?

  6. I love these pieces. They’re so smart and fun, and also a very important rebellion against our throw-away culture.

  7. heya kel

    Just checked out your exciting new blog. I loved the clock and the crutch table! congrats, it’s an inspiring space…

  8. Pingback: Rodney Trice in Time Out NY « The Brooklynist

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