The trend of reflective consumption has not left the sphere of furniture industry untouched – designers use waste to create things that become rapidly popular and cost big money. HomeKlondike has selected 6 furniture brands that draw inspiration from the idea of waste recycling to create truly iconic pieces of interior design.
13 Ricrea, Italy
Italian furniture by 13 Ricrea is made from footwear and shipbuilding industrial waste. Sofas, ottomans, lamps and other things are created from plastic, latex, felt and other materials that would have been sent to a junkyard without Angela Mensi, Ingrid Taro and Cristina Merlo, who came up with an idea of re-using the trimmings.
Design by Leftovers, Sweden
The Design by Leftovers brand stemmed from a hobby of a couple of Swedish girls. Linda and Jona Netsman decided to make their first arm-chair from a pile of old clothes. It was so warmly received by the audience, that the girls were literally swamped with requests for this unusual piece of furniture. Now Linda and Jona produce their furniture from worn-out clothes, embroidery, old shawls, things they find in junk shops and other stuff, which was destined to be thrown away in a garbage can.
Adi Shpigel and Keren Tomer found a way to make stools out of wood chips and recycled plastic bags. Their production technology reminds more of cooking: raw materials are baked in an aluminum baking tin in a common stove and the final product is a one-of-a-kind authentic seat. Then it’s complemented with legs and sold for 280 Euro per piece.
Leo Kempf Design, USA
Lalla Mika, Morocco
An atelier in the heart of Marrakech dubbed “Madam Plastic” knits bags and baskets from plastic bags. The firm frequently receives interesting orders from famous brands, such as Caravane, Comme des Garçons, and Sonia Rykiel. And a Swiss designer Anne-Cécile Rappa cooperates with Lalla Mika in creating versatile interior pieces. The thing that deserves a special mention is a bright pink Latifa rug imitating an animal’s skin.
Dennis Slootweg, the Netherlands
Industrial waste and scrap metal are raw materials for iconic furniture designed by Dennis Slootweg from the Netherlands. Rusty cupboards and closets look quite brutal and post-apocalyptic, but they’re surely one-of-a-kind. The author specializes on private orders and never makes 2 similar pieces.