From waste to treasure : Aurora Robson  is a multi-media artist known predominantly for her transformative work intercepting the waste stream, both collection herself her own PET bottles or recycling what the various firms throw away and, creating a special awareness for their employees, who see their inconsequential trash transformed into something new and special.

An installation using plastic bottles and colored liquid—from below it looks like a meadow with coloured flowers.

Both artists and architects work researching new materials. For LA Prada concept store in 2004, the archistar Rem Koolhass studied a kind of plastic sponge a polyuretanic foam with an irregular geometry able to be used both for design objects and for walls. This new material in its multiple and ambiguous deviations offers a new definition of functional and visual properties between artificial and natural, irregular and regular, transparent, translucent or solid, flexible or rigid.

American artist  Tara Donovan uses all kinds of everyday household items, like plastic cups to create her visually complicated and surprisingly complex sculptures. She doesn’t start with a design but, rather, chooses to start with the object and let the material emerge organically into the end result.Organized clusters of styrofoam cups held together with hot glue are the basis for this piece called Styrofoam Cup Sculpture. The undulating clouds of synthetic material, spanning twenty feet wide and six feet high, absorb and diffuse the light in beautiful patterns that hang overhead.

United Nude was founded by Dutch architect Rem D. Koolhaas; not to be mistaken for Rem Koolhaas, his namesake and uncle; and British shoemaker Galahad Clark, whose family founded the Clarks brand.
New materials and shapes: Lo Res (both low and high heels) is a computer aided design shoe made from one-piece molded rubber and cutted like a diamond.

The overabundance of plastic bottles that our planet is unable to dispose, compared with the increasing consumption of bottled water, it is becoming a planetary emergency. Water Bobble by Move Collective are bottles of 55cl PET recycled and recyclable, free from harmful substances such as BPA and PVC, with an active carbon filter which retains waste and makes the water lighter and tastier for people who are used to drink mineral waters. They can be reused several times, since a filter lasts as  300 mineral water bottle. Great design signed by a star like Karim Rashid.

Vac from the Sea is the new project launched by Electrolux with the aim to sensitize society on the issue of removal of plastic waste in the oceans around the world. Electrolux has decided to collect some of that plastic and, through a process of recycling, use it to create a limited edition of vacuum cleaner. Electrolux engineers have managed to achieve a “green” vacuum cleaner, with more than 70 % recycled plastic, but the ultimate goal is to reach the 100%, and not only for the vacuum cleaner, but for their products.

Durat is a unique ecological solid surface material that can be used to create seamless surfaces for any custom project including countertops, desks, tables, integrated sinks, bathtubs, shower trays and stools. Durat is made from 30-50% recycled hard plastics. Durat is 100% recyclable.

Designed by Lamellux, Quertec  is  a blend in which the resin runs down between stripes of wood, so that it combines the majesty of wood with the transparency of resin.  They can be used as room dividers and interior wall panels – separating spaces in style while still letting light and shadows show through.

Sophisticated and easy-to-wear, fun and bon-ton, perfect in town,  for a cruise or on the beach, the Glue Cinderella rubber ballet flat by Kartell have an essential form. They are elegant and studied in details.

The UN estimates the world’s oceans to contain some 100 million tons of plastic. As our society’s consumption grows, the concentration of plastic increases. The ‘Sea Chair’ is made entirely from plastic recovered from our oceans. Together, Studio Swine and Kieren Jones have created devices to collect and process marine debris into a series of products. Plastic caught in fishing nets or found washed up on the shore is s chopped into small bits, then melted at 130 degrees centigrade in a DIY furnace and squashed between two flat slabs to create the seat, while more is scraped into a mould formed from bent scraps of aluminium. Each seat has its own geographical coordinates of the place where plastic was found.

Wouldn’t it be nice if, instead of piling all of your junk into bins for the waste management people to take away, you could separate your plastics, paper, metal, compost, etc. and process what you can into reusable material? That’s the sort of idea that designers Yangzi Qin, Yingting Wang, Luckas Fischer and Hanying Xie have in mind with the 3D-Reprinter.  You’d simply throw plastic refuse into your 3D-Reprinter and it would 3D print it into new, useful goods. The device is in the conception stages, but it doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility.


Post by Alice

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