mike bouchet transforms shopping cart into lounger
mike bouchet transforms shopping cart into lounger mike bouchet transforms shopping cart into lounger
may 04, 2011

mike bouchet transforms shopping cart into lounger

 mike bouchet transforms shopping cart into lounger mike bouchet ‘argento libre’, 2011 zinc plated steel, outdoor cushions made of polyester foam with cotton/polyblend fabric 205 x 60 x 50cm courtesy of the artist and nathalie karg / cumulus studios, new york




american-born frankfurt-based artist mike bouchet takes the common shopping cart and reapproriates it, transforming it into an object of leisure and design. bouchet alters the frames of zinc plated steel carts, cutting off the sides of the buggies and modifying their front and back panels by bending them backwards or forwards to achieve certain angles to create lawn chairs / sun loungers. the carts’ childseats are remounted to serve as headrests, allowing one to readjust it to a comfortable height. there is a slight spring to the design, reinforced at major stress points in order to retain structural integrity over time and use. the result is a set of five seating objects, each outfitted with an outdoor, weatherproof, polyester foam cushion exhibiting different patterns.

mike-bouchet-shopping-cart-lounger-designboom-02 detail of the foot rest courtesy of the artist and nathalie karg / cumulus studios, new york




the final collection will involve several versions including: the original design with a small parasol, one with an armrest, a double seat or love seat, a side table, and one with a speaker attached for iPod connection. each version is intended to add a different level of comfort and functionality to the everyday.


mike bouchet’s ‘sun lounger’ is presented by nathalie karg / cumulus studios at design miami / basel 2011.

mike bouchet in action reapproriating the shopping carts courtesy of the artist and nathalie karg / cumulus studios, new york

  • Hilarius and excellent. Id like one.

    charles says:
  • this is the best idea in recycling I have ever seen.

    skibeth says:
  • isn’t about recycling I think , because the carts he used are still useful
    without counting the sides he take off like additional waste.

    Diego says:
  • @diego
    spot on.

    and if it’s trying to be art then duane hanson did it better.

    nicey says:
  • nice but it reminds me very much of an 80s design classic called ‘Consumer´s Rest’ by Stiletto (Frank Schreiner). for example here at [url=http://www.museenkoeln.de/homepage/bild-der-woche.asp?bdw=2003_20]Museen Köln[/url].

    d3 says:
  • “reappropriating the shopping cart for everyday comfort and relaxation. ”


    LANVY-NYC says:
  • Can’t wait to find an “abandoned cart” somewhere 🙂

    Heywood Floyd says:
  • Nice looking version of shop trolley conversion. though shopping trolleys use more steel than an ordinary chair and this trolley looked like it worked fine b4 so i would question any environmental benefits.

    luca says:
  • i wonder if there is a reason that i see no images of people on it…
    it looks weak and i wonder what others think of the usability of this so called ”lounger”????

    markaplan says:
  • I like it very much.

    ffxiv says:
  • a hospital near me has taken this a bit further and has wheelchairs that basically look like they’re converted shopping carts. the bonus? you actually put a coin in them to unlock, like a shopping cart

    Brad says:
  • And are the cushions made from grocery bags?

    t3d says:

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