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FoundedJuly 12, 2001; 18 years ago (2001-07-12)
FoundersDave Hall
Donovan Fell III
HeadquartersTorrance, California, U.S.
ProductsAviation furniture, art
OwnerDave Hall

MotoArt is a manufacturer of high end furniture and art, made from recycled airplane parts. The company is privately owned and based in Torrance, California. The company was founded in 2001 by Donovan Fell III and Dave Hall.[1]

Company history[edit]


MotoArt was founded in 2001 by Donovan Fell III and Dave Hall. The two were working together in 2000 at a custom sign company. Fell bought and restored airplane propellers from military and commercial airplanes and resold them at flea markets. The two started their own sign business in 2002, then began partnering on the airplane part renovations, working out of Hall’s garage in Palos Verdes, California. They located plane parts from retired aircraft at airplane boneyard and locations such as Mojave Air and Space Port, Roswell, New Mexico and Arizona, among other places. They began phasing out the sign part of the business and working solely on airplane parts art and furniture. Within six months they had enough business to move their operations into a 900 square foot building. They began adding additional pieces to the collection, which they sold at air shows.[2]


The company began showcasing its furniture online on its website Motoart.com. They were featured in the September 2002 issue of Maxim magazine[3] and began receiving international press. They added additional employees and expanded their product line to 130 pieces. They began selling their luxury furniture internationally, opening showrooms on the East Coast, Australia, Europe and Asia. They opened a larger showroom at one time in El Segundo, California, before moving to their current location in Torrance, California.[4][5]



The company offers over 130 products, all manufactured using parts from retired airplanes. The parts include rudders, engine nacelles and fuselages and other plane parts. They make beds, tables, chairs and art. The pieces are sold worldwide and can be found in locations as diverse as the North Pole, Dubai Burj and Sears Tower.[6][7]


In 2015, the company began offering PlaneTags, a small piece of an airplane skin that can be used as a luggage tag or collected. Hall made the first one out of a P-51 Mustang skin around 2007 and used it for himself for many years before he realized he wanted to make them available for other aviation enthusiasts. The company has many different types, including some from memorable planes such as the first produced B-1B, the Gimli Glider and Donald Trump’s personal plane. [8][9]


  1. ^ Keith Flamer (2017). "MotoArt: Turning Airplanes Into Luxury Furniture". Forbes.com. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  2. ^ David Colker (2007). "A New Flight Plan For Success". LATimes.com. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  3. ^ "Circus Maximus: Flight Club". Maxim. Biglari Holdings. September 2002. pp. 56–57.
  4. ^ Jordan England Nelson (2017). "Business soars for El Segundo airplane furniture maker MotoArt". DailyBreeze.com. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  5. ^ Tanya Mohn (2017). "From the Sky to Your Home, Plane Parts Get a Second Life". nytimes.com. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  6. ^ Kimberly Mok (2013). "MotoArt Recycles Retired Airplanes Into Futuristic Furniture". treehugger.com. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  7. ^ Violet Kim (2013). "Most Creative Ways To Recycle A Plane". cnn.com. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  8. ^ Julie Summers Walker (2017). "Craftsmanship: Aviation Artistry MotoArt Transforms Aircraft Into Furniture —And More". aopa.com. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  9. ^ Francis Zera (2018). "PlaneTags — A Bit Of Aviation History In Your Pocket". airlinereporter.com. Retrieved June 27, 2019.

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