Design studio Space Available and techno DJ Peggy Gou have joined forces to create a chair made of plastic trash.
“The plastic is just everywhere, in the streets and rivers,” said Daniel Mitchell, who founded Bali design studio Space Available in the midst of last year’s coronavirus lockdown. “It’s heartbreaking.”
“It’s not the fault of the people, there’s just very little structural support, waste collection or education,” he added. “Households are left to dispose of their own waste and most ends up in rivers or being burned.”
“The aim was to create an everyday object that can start conversations and instigate awareness and change,” Mitchell explained.
Gou is a Berlin-based DJ, who releases music under her own label Gudu Records and was the first South Korean artist to play the city’s iconic Berghain nightclub.
“We then use these sheets like wood and we work with local Balinese artisans who make the chair by hand in their workshop,” he explained.
The final chair can be assembled without the need for screws, staples or glue, simply by using plastic offcuts created in the process of trimming the sheets as welding rods.
Melted with a heat gun, they fuse the different components together in a method that Mitchell claims produces zero waste and allows the whole chair to be recycled again at the end of its life.
Mitchell explained his mission to clean up Bali. He explained how Potato Head regularly stages beach cleanups and turns the plastic waste found in the process into furniture and other amenities that are then put to use in its hotels and beach clubs.
A slew of other designers have created seating designs from recycled plastic in a bid to make a dent in the 300 million tonnes of plastic waste produced globally every year – or at least raise awareness around the issue.