nikolas gregory studio's auto-fabricating industrial waste scrap stool nikolas gregory studio's auto-fabricating industrial waste scrap stool
dec 07, 2015

nikolas gregory studio's auto-fabricating industrial waste scrap stool

nikolas gregory studio’s auto-fabricating industrial waste scrap stool
all images courtesy of nikolas gregory studio

 

 

 

the lofty goal of saving the world via design is nothing unheard of. ideas, formulated in the minds’ of ambitious creatives, have even gone so far as to show the plausibility of such a statement. yet, even forward-thinking design is rooted in the culture of mass-production and industry; effectively countering every step forward with one step backwards. the ‘scrap stool’ by new york-based nikolas gregory studio, proposes a different approach.

nikolas gregory studio industrial waste scrap stool designboom
‘scrap stool’ upside down

 

 

 

given the name and five seconds of critical thinking, one can likely gather what the small furniture element is composed of: industrial waste, specifically paper. nikolas gregory studio approached various local paper businesses in the new york area, asking them (kindly) to place their detritus into trashcans that had been filled with several inches of a slow drying glue.


the object can take a large load without shifting

 

 

 

in the process of discarding unneeded materials — without any change in procedure — the employees essentially created the ‘scrap stool’. since the element is composed of almost 100% waste (minus glue), with labor that is already paid for, production cost is nearly zero.

nikolas gregory studio industrial waste scrap stool designboom
‘scrap stool’ 

 

 

 

nikolas gregory studio has, after seeing the untapped potential of such a method, made moves to apply similar processes to create other usable objects. chairs, tables, sofas, beds, and more are in the works. in the words of the designers the ‘scrap stool’, ‘kills two birds with one stone’. re-contextualizing the existing and repurposing for good may not save the world, but like other innovative designs before it, the ‘scrap stool’ is a positive step in the right direction. 

nikolasgregorystudiodesignboom02
top  

nikolas gregory studio industrial waste scrap stool designboom
‘scrap stools’ in nikolas gregory studio’s gallery 


the ‘scrap stool’ 


the seat is made of industrial paper waste held together by dyed glue 

nikolas gregory studio industrial waste scrap stool designboom
‘scrap stool’ by nikolas gregory studio 

 

 

designboom has received this project from our DIY submissions  feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: nick brink | designboom

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    design news