Oxgut Hose Co. O-Type dining chairs
LauraLe Wunsch was raised in Clintonville, Wisconsin, a town whose main industry is building fire trucks. Her first San Francisco job was at Engine Company 1, a firehouse turned ad agency. So when she visited a friend at a Marin fire station and spied vibrant rolls of hose destined for the dumpster, she naturally balked. “I couldn’t bear to let them throw it away, so I slung one into my trunk,” she remembers. She and furniture designer Oliver DiCicco turned that hose into the original O-Type dining chair, pairing the sturdy fabric with steel.
After recruiting a handful of local designers, she christened her new company Oxgut—a tongue-in-cheek reference to the original fire hose, which the Greeks fashioned from ox intestines. The brand’s industrial loungers, hammocks, stools, and mats are made of hoses salvaged from California fire stations. This spring, look for new accessories, like Oxgut’s most recent addition: a heavy-duty firewood carrier.
The Goods—Furniture made from California fire hoses (from $185)
Find it—Propeller, 555 Hayes St. (near Laguna St.), 415-701-7767
Originally published in the February issue of San Francisco