Paul Kruger was born and raised in New York City. As a child, he would play near the city's edge, along the Hudson River, making swords and walking sticks out of the washed-up driftwood. He attended art schools throughout his early life, including the specialized fine art high school LaGuardia, later earning his BFA at The School of Visual Arts (SVA) in lower Manhattan.
In 2008, he began to revisit the path along the Hudson River, now seeing seas of industrial man-made NYC driftwood left for waste. He became enthralled with the possibilities of where the pieces came from, what they were in their passed lives, and what he could transform them into. He began recycling the driftwood into sculptures...
As he fine-tuned his craft, in 2012, he took on bigger projects, now making furniture, tables, and fine scuptures, from fallen trees across the nation. He paired the natural wood with industrial-style steel bases, forming a new collection. From childhood swords to organically shaped sculptural furniture, the designs of Fallen Industry come from seeing new purpose and beauty in what would otherwise have been discarded or destroyed.
Today, Kruger uses all the skills, techniques and resources he's gained to create incredible sculptures and one of a kind functional art pieces. Pairing traditional joinery with natural, contemporary forms.
A Look Inside
The Fallen Industry
A terrific peek into the workshop of Fallen Industry and designer Paul Kruger's background and interpretation of the work.
The wood material comes from fallen trees. Trees that were cut down to make room for industrial growth. Trees that have lived their lives and have fallen naturally. Or trees that were about to fall and cause damage to homes. The trees come from all over the country, and as new and unique projects arise, Kruger searches deeper to find the exact right shapes and species. After all, trees don’t always grow the precise way you want them to.
The wood is milled, kiln-dried, planed, cut, joined, butterflied, sanded and custom finished to order.
There is a wide selection of base styles to choose from, using industrial pipe, modern carbon steel and stainless steel. In most case Kruger will start by asking you to select your wood, then He'll design a custom base to fit the shape and your preferences. Use the growing collection to inspire a creation of your own.