Former skater and founder of Dutch design studio Focused Skateboard Woodworks, Danilo Nedić, turns old skateboards into colorful, geometric works of art.
The inspiration for his work are the classic line patterns of the Art Deco style movement from the 1920s and 1930s. “Looking for a way to translate the colourful veneer of old skateboards into these line patterns, I discovered a geometrical world behind these patterns with infinite possibilities,” Nedić says.
The result of his quest: colorful wall art with unique geometric patterns that play with the viewer’s senses. The colored veneer layers of the skateboards, give depth to each patterns, which seem to change shape with each new look. Nedić: “In this way I try to capture the playful, wayward and creative character of skateboarding with every ArtDecko wall art piece.”
Every year, hundreds of thrashed skateboard decks are left behind at skateboard shops across the world. The decks are no longer suitable for skateboarding, but Nedic gives the wood a second life. The old decks are collected at local Dutch skate shops and processed into sleek furniture, home deco and works of art.
From skateboard to artwork
The old skateboard decks get stripped of their griptape, sanded clean and sawn into strips. The strips are glued into rainbow blocks in stacks of seven skateboards under high pressure. These blocks are then sawn into veneer slices. The rainbow line pattern is created by the colorful veneer layers of the used skateboards.
Colorful geometric patterns
The veneer slices are sawn into different shapes with extreme precision and puzzled together into colorful, geometric line patterns, which give depth to each artwork. Each of the unique ArtDecko art pieces seems to change shape right before the eyes of the viewer.
About Danilo Nedić
Danilo Nedić (47) is the creative mind behind the Dutch design studio Focused Skateboard Woodworks, which he and Jeroen Dekker (47) founded together in 2015. Each work of art from the ArtDecko wall art series is personally designed and handmade by Nedić.
About Focused Skateboard Woodworks
Focused is a Rotterdam based Dutch design studio specialized in transforming old skateboards into colorful and sleek furniture and home deco. Focused is known for the DecksTop and DecksPad tables and has made custom recycled skateboard furniture for Google Creative Lab (New York), Varonis (New York), Golden Road Brewing (Los Angeles) and many other companies around the world.