The CORE Collection Is Trash

We wholeheartedly love it when one man’s garbage becomes another’s treasure, and that’s just where the CORE collection got its start – with the idea of taking a piece of concrete rubble from a construction site that would normally be discarded and turning it into something more desirable.

Oliver Whyte, aka Ross Robertson (full name Ross Oliver Whyte Robertson), is the Cape Town-based multidisciplinary design studio behind the five piece collection of two coffee tables and three side tables. Each one – named Ledge, 6, Rough, Collar, and Flat – begins with an oversized concrete base that is then shaped in different ways until it’s able to support a light tabletop, creating quite the balance of heavy and light. No two ever end up being the same, adding all the more personal value to each piece.

Kelly Beall is senior editor at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based graphic designer and writer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember, and enjoys sharing her finds with others. When undistracted by great art and design, she can be found making a mess in the kitchen, consuming as much information as possible, or on the couch with her three pets. Find her @designcrush on social.