Furniture of waste.

May 3, 2010 at 5:46 pm 5 comments

I was so inspired by Re-worked‘s chair made of coffee grounds, that I started to do even more research into chairs made of waste products (and chairs that resulted in zero wasted materials). Here are three that really caught my eye:

Fox & Freeze‘s ff1 chair is “an indoor lounge chair made from 1 square sheet of synthetic felt.” Its entire structure comes only from careful folding and a few pieces of flax rope, but the chair is still impressively (and hilariously) strong. There’s also no excess/wasted felt (similar in spirit to Re-worked, who uses the cut offs from their recycled ash wood to make little bears).

Belgian designer Charles Kaisin also has some great recycling-based pieces with surprising strength. His innovative Newspaper Extendable Bench is made from old newspaper that is glued and compressed into a structural beehive-like grid. He’s also designed a version of the bench in plastic, with a stunning limited edition version at Mudam in Luxembourg.

At this year’s Milan Design Week, Emeco and Coca Cola launched the 111 Navy Chair, made of 111 recycled Coca Cola bottles. In the words of Emeco’s chairman Gregg Buchbinder “We’ve turned something you throw away into something you want and can keep for a long, long time.” Admirably, Coca Cola is the one that initiated the collaboration.

May 3′s daily design idea is look at what you’re sitting on, and try to figure out where those materials came from.


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