Metal, plastic, styrofoam, textile. Waste gives designers a huge palette to work from, inspiring new and interesting products by encouraging creators to look at resources in a different light. We’ve gathered eight designs showing how it’s done.
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A design system for interiors and commercial spaces, M15 ‘sets up a territorial arrangement of material circularity’, as says designer Lucas Muñoz. His studio collaborated with Medialab Matadero Research Unit to continue its development with three devices mostly made of Rejiband standard cable trays found in storage. These furnishings now support broadcasting, archiving and printing that happens that the Medialab centre.
Catalan designer Andreu Carulla utilized discarded Styrofoam to innovate Styro-wrap, a seating collection developed in collaboration with Potato Head. Reflecting Carulla’s ongoing exploration of materiality, the chairs and stools combine tactile Styrofoam seats and supports with wooden backrests and details.
Indoor-outdoor bench Bello! is inspired by an unlikely model: pasta. Lars Beller Fjetland’s design for Hydro results from finding common ground between pasta-making and the process of aluminium extrusion. Conceived with public transportation hubs in mind, the customizable bench is made from almost 90 per cent recycled and 100 per cent recyclable aluminium.
Plastic beer kegs get a second life with Mater’s Ocean OC2 chair, a spin on Nanna and Jørgen Ditzel’s 1955 original and an earlier upcycled iteration constructed from fishing nets and ocean waste plastic. Mater sourced the material for the new classic from Danish brewery group Carlsberg and A:gain (formerly Re-Plastic).
THE MINIMONO PROJECT
Motivated to encourage positive consumption patterns across generations, German studio Minimono visualized The MiNiMONO project, which sees HDPE plastic sheets repurposed for myriad items. The furniture and everyday objects are durable, adaptable, flat-packed and easy to assemble, and fully recyclable.
Pix updates the look and feel of archetypical spherical pendant lamps with recycled plastic. The full moon-like Normann Copenhagen luminaires come in four sizes and comprise various shades of white plastic, mixed and granulated before heated to 120°C to be moulded in the final shape, which emit softly filtered light when turned on.
Hyesun Lee for ReCollective
Sustainable Korean fashion brand Re;Code and Dekasegi – the design unit of Schemata Architects and Tank – tapped nine Asian designers to dream up pieces employing industrial waste. Hyesun Lee gave new purpose to ocean plastic waste and metal with Hand Lighthouse, a lantern that nods to the luminescent seaside beacons.
Mottainai is a collection upholstered in fabrics born of textiles recovered from Paola Lenti’s production. Including rugs, seating, a pouf and more, the range shows a vibrant spectrum of possibility employing off-cut and leftover materials with different techniques. Its name – an ancient Japanese term – express a regret in having wasted something.
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