No doubt you’ll have seen on BBC’s Top Gear programme, the car seat that has been turned into a piece of cool furniture. But if you want something similar, where can you buy one, or even get one made for you?
Well Viper Performance have the answer as they’ve teamed up with a British designer to produce bespoke furniture, just like on the television show.
Viper’s own office furniture features the seat from an Alfa Romeo 157 and the coffee table utilises an Alfa Romeo V6 block, but in theory, any parts could be used.
For the seat, once it has been removed from the donor car, it is brought back to an as new condition and totally reconditioned. It’s then mounted on a special suspension frame which is made out of mandrel bent steel tubing and powder coated in a colour of your choice. An MDF frame is then made to give a great finish to the back of the seat, moulding and shaping it to the design of the seat’s original shape.
The coffee table has a similar bespoke nature, and once the donor car has been found, the engine is removed, bead blasted, cleaned, prepared, primed and painted in a matt silver finish so that it looks like it has just been taken off the shelf ready to be installed into a car. Rubber feet are fixed to the bottom so that it isn’t standing directly onto the floor and a thick glass top is fixed to the engine top with removable bonnet pins.
All of the pieces that are created by Viper Performance are one-off and unique and the costs will reflect this, but are certainly less than other types of designer furniture that we’ve seen on the market.
For more information, contact Viper on 01952 670702 or visit their website at www.viper-performance.co.uk.
Product: Viper Performance bespoke furniture
Telephone: 01952 670702
Price: £ price varies according to specification