reform studio designs contemporary furniture from handmade recycled material reform studio designs contemporary furniture from handmade recycled material
aug 02, 2016

reform studio designs contemporary furniture from handmade recycled material

 

 

design indaba 2016: reform studio is a cairo-based design firm applauded for its sustainably developed products that validate the possibilities of sophisticated, recycled objects.

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a range of furniture is transformed by the vibrant plastex material developed by studio reform

 

 

 

the studio is influenced by design that has a positive impact on the environment, and has conceived plastex – a handmade material of woven reused plastic bags that have been reduced down to a thread-like form, and interwoven on a traditional egyptian handloom in-house. the durable and washable fabric informs the basis of reform studio‘s general style and contemporary range of furniture, which is characterized by the brightly colored textile that ‘aesthetically fits into our daily life, and innovatively preserves our resources‘; and ultimately, ‘raises awareness about how we define waste the possibilities behind reusing what was once destined to be trash‘.

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the durable, washable fabric characterizes the studio’s contemporary range of furniture

 

 

 

due to the varying dyes of the collected and donated plastic bags, plastex is multi-coloured and comes in four different types of patterns: plain, stripes, zebra and plaid. it is applied to reform studio’s eclectic range of furniture that includes: retro stools, arabic coffee shop-inspired chairs, scandinavian-style wooden benches, beautiful recycling bins and various textiles for the home.

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plastex comes four different types of patterns: plain, stripes, zebra and plaid

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retro stools are given new life with the multi-colored woven material
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a look at the diverse, colorful plastex textile

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‘grammy’s’ chair collection design indaba reform studio cairo plastex furniture designboom
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‘grammy’s’ chair in plaid motifdesign indaba reform studio cairo plastex furniture designboom
‘grammy’s’ chair in plain and stripe motifdesign indaba reform studio cairo plastex furniture designboom
‘grammy’s chair’ in plain and zebra motif

 

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  • funny enough that there are exactly the very old “thonet (based on the innovation from 19. century´s — chancellor Metternich´s period…) chairs” that are considered aesthetically strong enough for such a transmutation — i. e. their structural values are still alive. The considerable part of the chair flood conceived in the 20th century seems to be just good enough to feed some incinerator…

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