kulla design studio: 50% sawdust kulla design studio: 50% sawdust
nov 28, 2010

kulla design studio: 50% sawdust

process step #1 all images are courtesy of kulla design studio

‘50% sawdust’ by israeli-based kulla design studio is a project that evolved from the development of a new design method based on material research. in this case, the combination of two different worlds of waste – wooden sawdust and plastic bags.

the project comes from the studio’s desire to find new uses / purposes for sawdust and plastic bags, in which they have creating new aesthetic qualities and applications for the two materials. here, they have joined plastic sawdust with wooden sawdust, creating a homogeneous mixture to create a new product, without the use of any adhesives.

process step #2

the manufacturing process for ‘50% sawdust’ includes creating a mixture of equal parts of plastic and wood sawdust, pressing it into an aluminium mold, and baking it. the heat allows the plastic to form as a resin / glue which affixes the materials together. the result is a firm, structurally sound material, that gives the mundane plastic bag and sawdust a new material aesthetic, thus giving them a new ‘afterlife’. in this case, kulla design studio has applied their material research and developed a stool.

process step #3

process step #4

process step #5

‘50% sawdust’ stool

‘50% sawdust’ stool disassembled

top view

detail

  • so is it just my browser or are some of those pictures broken? would love to see the whole bunch…

    Cooper says:
  • It is really very interesting, Could you fix the rest of pictures, please?

    RafArnalte says:
  • nice!

    gitt_law says:
  • innnnnnteresting

    destroyercheetah says:
  • I really like the idea – cooking a chair and using those materials (sawdust and plastic) for making something new. The legs could be more sophisticated.

    Shirley IL says:
  • Correct me if i’m wrong but you are using PE and sawdust in such a way it cannot be separated at the end of the product lifecycle, how is it recyclable? i am pretty sure this stool will end up in the incinerator… you also put a lot of energy into it to “bake” the mould.

    is it not more ecological to recycle the bags and use the sawdust for woodpellet stoves?

    cj says:
  • technically this material has been known as ‘wood plastic composite’ (WPC) for a long time. in the US it is widely used as extruded pieces for deckings. and a few years ago they started using it in europe too.
    in my opinion, the material has mechanically very poor properties, is ugly, and touching it is like touching some rough plastic.
    like cj, i’d rather recycle the PE or PP or whatever and burn the wood.

    niq says:
  • lovely~

    SUMME says:
  • not sustainable!

    what happens, if the product will thrown away? the components can’t be seperated again!

    pip says:
  • Re-use of waste materials, but combined without consideration for disassembly and no other green issues addressed – this is a perfect example of greenwashing.

    Mook says:
  • it´s what the authors of cradle to cradle kindly referr to as a “monstrous hybrid”

    tsssssssssssssss says:
  • Bon exemple de “Comment faire un Déchet Ultime”.

    DesignIsAlsoConsequences says:
  • I agree with cj and niq; not sustainable in any way, it just makes recyclable materials useless. This is the kind of “sustainable furniture” that just makes everything worse. Think two, three steps ahead instead of just half a step.

    Niclas Andersson says:
  • me parece muy interesante los felicito y a las personas que no les gusta que expongan sus sus inventos novedosos

    oscar llatas piedra says:

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