17 Jul '13
We’re all about finding a piece of furniture to add a little character to the office… These designs are incredibly [...]

We’re all about finding a piece of furniture to add a little character to the office…

These designs are incredibly unique and definite conversation starters.

MotoArt, a company based in California, has made a name for themselves turning decommissioned war planes into eye-catching pieces of office furniture. The designers recycle wings, spoilers, stabilizers, ailerons and engines from iconic air crafts such as the DC-4, the Boeing 727 and Boeing 747, C-119 and Albatross Aileron’s and turn them into custom, glass-topped conference tables. The company also sells airplane seats.

Each piece is unique and tells its own story of aviation history. MotoArt owner, Dave Hall, says: “If you can imagine it, we can do it. We can add portholes for telephone, computer or video cables, or perhaps you’d like a glass riser added to the middle of the table for video monitors.” The possibilities for these craftsmen and their skills may be endless, but some design models, including their C-119 Rudder Desk, are of limited edition because there are only 40 rudders left.

Prices vary depending on the custom elements added or taken away. Quotes can be obtained on the MotoArt website, here.

Now take a peek at a few of the company’s awesome table solutions.

(via DailyMail)


Fairchild C-119 Rudder Desk



MotoArt craftsmen spent over 160 hours stripping the original cloth, cutting, patching, grinding and sanding the part’s aluminum. The underside of the table can be fitted with optional decorative aluminum to obstruct the view of the floor, as well as portholes for telephone, computer or video cables. The original cloth cover on the 1950’s rudder was removed and the rudder is mounted on hardwood V-shaped legs. This desk measures 8ft 4in, but may be customized to an extended length of 11ft if used as a conference table. Known as “The Flying Boxcar” the C-119, built between 1947 and 1955, was used as a cargo plane, originally replacing the C-82 ‘Packet’. Deployed during the Korean and Vietnam Wars, the C-119 began as a troop and cargo hauler but was later fitted with weapons.

Lockheed V-Shaped C130 Conference Table



Another design includes this large, v-shaped C130 conference table. It is shaped at an acute 17-degree angle made from two, 24ft-long, full-length outer wing flaps of the C130 Hercules aircraft. The 24-seater took 500 man-hours of ‘painstaking attention to detail’ and is used at the Lockheed Martin headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. The C130 Hercules aircraft line has the longest continuous production run of any military aircraft in history. Originally designed as a cargo transport and medical evacuation aircraft for U.S. troops, the Lockheed C-130 was built at the request of the U.S. Air Force and originally named the C-130 Hercules.

Wing Conference Table


Motoart’s newest Wing Conference Table was created using parts from planes made by the Waco Aircraft Company. The company launched in 1920 with its initial floatplane design before launching open cockpit biplanes and later closed-cabin biplanes after 1930. Motoart’s 1930 Waco Wing Conference Table has an art deco design and was crafted by hand. After restoration, the desk includes racing pant legs and glass to finish off its 24ft design. Waco contributed to the war effort by producing large numbers of military gliders for the US Army Air Forces and the RAF. They were also used during the Normandy Invasion and Operation Market Garden and ceased trading after World War II.

747 Engine Table


This conference room piece was made using a General Electric jet engine cowling from a Boeing 747. It’s 12ft wide with a high-mirror polished table base. The custom table seats up to 12 people and includes a set of six pop-up connection ports. The engine nacelle is fitted with internal LED lighting that change colors and is then topped with a B-52 engine spinner.

Check out more designs from MotoArt, here!