Upcycling plastic waste and creating new products from recycled materials is the new design mantra. While these ubiquitous creations do not reveal much about their previous life, here is the No Waste Chair that allows you to see right inside, so you can know what you are sitting on.
Featuring a recycled transparent plexiglass frame – that works as a container and the chair body – the No Waste Chair is filled with a well-organized stash of clothing, face masks, cosmetics, tapes, cans, toys, cigarettes, and practically any item which would otherwise be pulped and packed for the oceans.
The No Waste Chair gives everyday solid waste a second life, turning it into a work of art. It is a true representation of how art and environment can coexist, and if more is done to perfect the comfortability, a chair or other furniture items like this, can be a good solution to a lot of solid waste generated at home. Imagine you can pick a chair structure from the market and then fill it with trash at home!
Before you start building a unique outcome in your mind, let’s come back to the No Waste Chair designed by a budding Dutch designer, Kees Dekkers with Colmar. In a discussion (with my colleague covering the furniture fair in Milan), Kees informs that his chair is a ‘different side of an uncomfortable problem.’ His initial days working with waste materials led him to realize that in most cases he was just dealing with one kind of waste.
This was the moment of realization when Kees thought it was befitting to work on a solution that is not limited to a choice of waste for construction material. The No Waste Chair, therefore, is the least biased of what you are filling it with. The result is a unique chair every time, which has its own story and contents, and is a memoir of items that were prized passion once. Sit on it or appreciate the beauty of waste from different perspectives; No Waste Chair makes it possible either way.
Stationed in a classroom, a living room, an office lobby, or a public retiring room, the waste-filled chair will continuously nudge one to take the waste problem seriously every time it meets the eye. This one aspect, for me, differentiates this chair from other furniture made from waste. They hide the material identity in aesthetics and No Waste Chair turns that material into its aesthetic.
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A total of 20 chairs – each stuffed with a different waste item, which lends the transparent plexiglass frame its color – were part of the Colmar Again at the Fuorisalone. The chairs will go through subsequent exhibitions and keep alive the notion of environmental sustainability.