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 Director of Branded Content at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based writer and designer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember, from Fashion Plates to MoMA and far beyond. When not searching out the visual arts, she's likely sharing her favorite finds with others. Kelly can also be found tracking down new music, teaching herself to play the ukulele, or on the couch with her three pets – Bebe, Rainey, and Remy. Find her @designcrush on social.