We often throw away old clothes in the trash without realizing its impact on the environment. Textile waste is leading to an unenviable environmental crisis because every time clothes end up in the garbage, we have overlooked the resources that have gone into making it, let alone the drastic fact that it may take more than 200 years for the fabric to completely decompose.
Recycling and reuse of clothes is thus the gracious way forward. In that tune, a ray of hope comes in form of upcycled furniture designed by Korean designers Younghyun Kim and Dasom Lee.
The duo, under their REBORN project, is giving a second lease of life to old clothes. They have created a range of conceptual metal chairs with seats and backrests made of discarded clothes.
A chair is made from two leather jackets; its cushions are crafted from zipper and buttons of a leather jacket. Another one upcycles disposed of coats, jackets, and shoulder straps into a chair. The cushion here is made using cotton from inside a jumper.
Both the chairs are supported by a metal frame. The seat and backrest feature random designs and patterns that are created by cutting and combining clothes. It looks like some creative textile patchwork. The designers have also created a footrest to match the upcycled chairs. You can check out the project on Behance.
In another new, Montreal-based Timothé Duchastel Paré has also created a somewhat similar chair with a wooden frame and fabric upholstery.
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