Designer Recycled Furniture does sound like a bit of an oxymoron, however, many designers in the luxury furniture industry have re-invented how they are creating their products.
Many designers are now (to our delight) repurposing recycled plastic and plant waste to create new materials. Here are some of our favourite picks:
1. DesignByThem: Confetti Collection
Why we love DesignByThem? They design and create locally produced and environmentally friendly furniture. Their Confetti Collection is made from recycled post-consumer and factory waste plastic, and the unique, confetti-like pattern created in the process is left exposed. The collection includes some spectacular sofas, armchairs, ottomans, dining/coffee/side tables and even accessories. All their pieces are sleek, contemporary and have a unique visual texture.
The best part is when the product is at the end of its life it can be completely recycled again!
2. Plasticiet: Mother of Pearl Collection
Dutch furniture company, Plasticiet, created a collection made from monolithic slabs of pearlescent recycled plastic. The founders Dingemans and Marten van Middelkoop, work with plastic companies across the Netherlands to find new uses for recycled plastics.
The collection includes a chair, stool and shelving unit – the colour and texture is so luxurious it looks like natural stone.
3. Mater: Every. Single. One. of their pieces
Mater is a Furniture design studio in Denmark that has turned 2.2 tons of plastic waste from the sea into 800 conference chairs. Their ethos is based around the idea of circular living, designing with the purpose of avoiding waste ending up in landfill or, worse, the ocean.
Our favourite chairs are the He & She Chairs (She Chair featured below). The seats and backrests are crafted from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified oak and the cane work is made from rattan — a fast-growing and naturally harvested material selected to support the sustainable choice of material.
4. Vincenzo de Cotiis: En Plein Air Collection
Italian architect Vincenzo de Cotiis combines recycled fibreglass with precious materials to create 20 different pieces including lighting, tables, cabinets and bookshelves. Each piece comprises semi-precious stone and cast brass set in resin, alongside elements of fibreglass and Murano glass. De Cotiis has been collecting fibreglass for years and likes how it changes over time. As for the unusual combination of recycled and precious materials used in the pieces, he is particularly pleased at how his experimentations with glass give an almost 3D effect. – Dezeen (https://www.dezeen.com/2018/10/01/vincenzo-de-cotiis-en-plein-air-furniture-carpenters-workshop-gallery/)
(We really struggled to choose the best piece to feature so here are a few - you'll understand why we couldn't choose!)
At Semper we love specifying furniture designers who not only ensure their products are sustainably produced but also aim to reuse materials that would be otherwise adding landfill and taking thousands of years to decompose. If you are interested in how we can help you make your home or business more environmentally conscious and beautifully designed please get in touch at email@example.com.