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Sustainable furniture: stools with bacteria, sand and urine

Edinburgh College of Art student Peter Trimble has built a ready-made machine for making compostable furniture. Called Dupe, the machine converts sand, urine and bacteria into a new biomaterial similar to concrete. Trimble’s Dupe stools are surprisingly sturdy, and at the end of their lifetime they can be broken up and used as a fertilizer. Trimble’s […] Read more

Furniture: Zero-waste Nomad Chair challenges unsustainable “throwaway” culture

We Do Wood designer Sebastian Jorgensen developed the zero waste Nomad Chair in protest against unsustainable overproduction in the furniture industry. Designed with high-quality and sustainable parts such as certified moso bamboo, the Nomad Chair is a modern interpretation of the classic Roorkhee chair. True to its name, the sturdy and lightweight Nomad Chair is […] Read more

Furniture: Zero Energy Furniture stores heat to regulate temperature

This table by designers Raphaël Ménard and Jean-Sébastien Lagrange absorbs and releases thermal energy depending on the temperature of the room. The first design in Ménard and Lagrange’s Zero Energy Furniture range is a table with a solid-oak top, a corrugated anodised aluminium underside and oak trellis-style legs. It is designed to absorb excess heat […] Read more

Sustainable products: felt products made from PET bottles

Netherlands-based studio De Vorm presents a series of environments to explore the adaptability and functionality of their diverse product line. The rooms are stripped down to their essence, furnished sparingly using only necessary objects that are made with the studio’s signature PET-felt material. The textile is made of recycled PET bottles which are sorted, processed, […] Read more

Furniture: modular desk for women’s rights campaign

Any design, no matter how innovative or thought out, will fail to please everyone it comes into contact with. Whether it’s not aesthetically pleasing personally, doesn’t translate culturally, or simply doesn’t meet the needs of the user — it will always fail someone. Al Borde arquitectos faced the unfortunate but commonplace situation when tasked with […] Read more

The Economical Chair: a chair designed to minimise waste

South Korean young design Seungji Mun created a simple shaped chair that is designed to minimise industrial waste: the Economical Chair.   The Economical Chair’s design is such that during production of four chairs per 4′ x 8′ international standard plywood sheet there is absolutely zero waste. Once the design is cut, the shapes are achieved through a […] Read more

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