Ever think of using a shipping pallet around the house? Andrew Montgomery of Falls Church, Va., a fifth-year architecture student in Virginia Tech's School of Architecture + Design, did. He designed a chair with a single shipping pallet and it won the Green Stewardship Award from Design Within Reach, a company that sells fully licensed furniture classics by major designers.

Montgomery's chair was on display in April in the Modern + Design + Function exhibition of innovative furniture by emerging designers in Design Within Reach studios in Washington, D.C.

Montgomery said, “Once a pallet is used and discarded, no one usually looks past its original purpose to ship goods. But underneath all the mistreatment during its initial use, there is beauty.”

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