Bernardo Urbina – Traviesa Bench

An eye-catching bench, made from old Costa Rican railway wood. The history of the material has been kept in tact whilst providing it with a new life as a seat. Perfect for indoor or outdoor use it comes with metal support legs that elevate the beam to create a modern look that exemplifies its natural appearance.

Bernardo Urbina

Sustainable furniture designer Bernardo Urbina first fell in love with upcycling waste material into thoughtful design products whilst growing up in Costa Rica. Bernardo decided to pursue his passion by studying “Industrial Design” at Pratt Institute and following his studies went on to design high end furniture in New York, he then took a break to pursue a Master’s degree in “Industrial Design for Architecture” which expanded his skill base and this was followed by a move to the Philippines where he worked for a prestigious designer.

With a wealth of experience behind him Bernardo decided to set up Bernardo Urbina Design in his home country of Costa Rica where he has developed a furniture line that partnering with victims of the Typhoon Haiyan to give scrap wood new life, in addition to creating other unique pieces of high end furniture upcycled from waste. His dedication to exploring new material treatment methods of wood, metal and rope drives him to evolve and create progressively.

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