August 11th, 2005, 12:00 PM
Furniture Causes FedEx Fits
Most of us have been there. You can just barely afford to pay the rent. But forget about buying furniture -- not if you want to eat, anyway.
Jose Avila recently found himself in just that predicament. Although he has a good job as a software developer, he's locked into two rents after moving to Arizona, and has no extra cash for an Ikea shopping spree. But instead of scouting street corners for a ratty, unwanted couch, Avila got creative and built an apartment full of surprisingly sturdy furniture -- out of FedEx shipping boxes.
Jose Avila built this table and chairs set from FedEx boxes and shipping supplies. The shipping company claims he's violating trademark and copyright laws and wants him to take down his http://www.fedexfurniture.com. This is the first version of Jose Avila's FedEx desk.Jose Avila built a new-and-improved corner desk and shelves using only FedEx materials. He says he works at the desk almost 20 hours a day.This 9.5-foot couch is constructed out of sturdy shipping boxes. This FedEx-box bed can withstand Jose Avila's weight, even when he jumps up and down.Budding interior decorator Jose Avila has outfitted his entire apartment with FedEx-box designs.
Fanciful as his creations may seem, FedEx is not amused. The shipping giant's lawyers have sent Avila letters demanding he take down the site he created to document his project, invoking, among other things, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (.pdf), or DMCA.
I call the guy creative. He's doing a good thing by recycling something that would otherwise be trashed, and it looks nice. I'd use it.
Have a look at his PC desk below: