sea chair made from plastic debris found on the beach by studio swine
open source ‘sea chair by studio swineall images courtesy studio swine
the ‘sea chair’ by london / são paulo – based studio swine is a seating design made entirely from plastic recovered from our oceans.since the discovery of the pacific garbage patch in 1997, which is predicted to measure twice the size of texas, five more have been found across the world’s oceans with the atlantic gyre predicted to be even larger. the plastic from these plots takes thousands of years to degrade, broken up into ever smaller pieces by ocean currents and remaining in the environment. the gyre stretches from the coastlines of california to the shores of japan. recent studies have estimated 46,000 pieces of plastic per square kilometer of the world’s oceans. the number of plastic pieces in the pacific ocean has tripled in the last ten years and the size of the accumulation is set to double in the next ten.
the ‘sea chair’ – first presented at the royal college of art show in 2011 with kieren jones – repurposes this waste through an open source method of making, where the creators built devices to collect and process marine debris into a series of stools. the design has now been developed to the point where the seats can be fabricated on board the vessels from which the waste has been collected using a specially devised manual so that others can build the pieces themselves. the manual can be downloaded here. the material plucked from the water’s ‘debris soup’ is organised according to colour, fragmented and then melted in a makeshift furnace at 130°C. the mixture is then compressed between two flat slabs of heavy metal or stone to form the various elements and then left to cool and solidify by the sea water. the seat and three legs are tidied and assembled together to create the final design.
the film shows how plastic plucked from the ocean by fishing trawlers can be turned into stool on the boat itself
video courtesy studio swine
since the discovery of the pacific garbage patch in 1997, which is predicted to measure twice the size of texas, five more have been found
the plastic from these plots takes thousands of years to degrade, broken up into ever smaller pieces by ocean currents and remaining in the environment
the ‘sea chair’ re-purposes this waste through an open source method of making
the material plucked from the water’s ‘debris soup’ is organised according to colour, fragmented and then melted in a makeshift furnace at 130°C
the mixture is then compressed between two flat slabs of heavy metal or stone to form the various elements and then left to cool and solidify by the sea water
the material having gone through the process from collection through to melting in the furnace
instructions for the furnace
assembling the chair
studio swine’s ‘sea chair’ has been shortlisted in the design museum london‘s ‘designs of the year 2013‘ which acknowledgesprojects produced over the last year which fall into the categories of architecture, digital, graphics, fashion, furniture, product and transport.see the complete shortlist below:
‘book mountain + library quarter’ by MVRDV, spijkenisse, the netherlands image © jeroen musch
architecturela tour bois-le-pretre, paris – druot, lacaton and vassalclapham library, london – studio egret westMOCA (museum of contemporary art), cleveland – farshid moussavi architectsmetropolitan arts centre, belfast – hackett hall mcknighta room for london – david kohn architects in collaboration with artist fiona banner kukje art centre, seoul – SO-IL idea disobedients – andrés jaque arquitectosbook mountain, spijkenisse – MVRDV the shard, london – renzo piano thalia theatre, lisbon – gonçalo byrne arquitectos and barbas lopes arquitectosastley castle, warwicjshire – witherford watson mannmuseum of innocence, istanbul – orhan pamuk with ihsan bilgin, cem yucel and gregor sunder plassmannhome for all – akihisa hirata, sou fujimoto, kumiko inui and toyo ito t-site, tokyo – klein dytham galaxy soho, beijing – zaha hadid superkile, norrebro – BIG, topotek1 and superflex four freedoms park, new york – louis kahn
‘rain room’ by rAndom international image © felix clay
digitalrain room – random international superstitious fund project – shing tat chung raspberry pi computer – eben upton english hedgerow plate – andrew tanner and unanico for royal wintondigital postcard and player – uniformwindows phone 8 – microsoft gov.uk website – government digital servicezombies, run! app – six to startfree universal construction kit – free art and technology labwind map – martin wattenberg and fernanda bertini viegascandles in the wind – designed by moritz waldemeyer for ingo maurer chirp – patrick bergeldashilar app – nippon design centre inc.city tracking pt2 – stamenlight field camera – lytro
‘infinitely kusama’ by yayoi kusama for louis vuitton images courtesy of louis vuitton
fashionanna karenina costumes – jacqueline durranA/W12 womenswear – giles deaconlouis vuitton collection – yayoi kusama diana vreeland: the eye has to travel – lisa immordinoI want muscle – elisha smith-leverockcommes de garcons rtw A/W12 – rei kawakubochristian dior rtw S/S13 – raf simonsprada S/S12 rtw collection – miuccia pradaproenza schouler A/W12 collection – lazaro
‘liquid glacial table’ by zaha hadidimage © zaha hadid architects
furniturethe sea chair – studio swine & kieren jonesliquid glacial table – zaha hadid a-collection – ronan and erwan bourellec for hay gravity stool – jolan van der wiel well proven chair – james shaw and marjan van aubel tié paper chair – pinwu100 chair – marni medici chair – konstantin grcic for mattiazzi re-imagined chairs – studiomama (nina tolstrup and jack mama)engineering temporality – studio markunpoika corniches – ronan and erwan bouroullec for vitra future primitives – muller van severen
gravity stool’ by jolan van der wiel photo by peter lipton
graphicszumtobel annual report – brighten the corners and anish kapoorbauhaus: art as life exhibition – a practice for everyday lifestrelka identity – ok:rmoccupied times of london – tzortzis rallis and lazaros kakoulidisthe gentlewoman #6 – veronica dittingaustria solar annual report – serviceplanrijksmuseum identity – irma boomadam thirwell: kapow! – studio frithorganic – kapitzadoc lisboa ’12 – pedro noraralph ellison collection – cordon webbvenice architecture biennale identity – johnmorgandekho: conversations on design in india – codesignmade in los angeles: work by colby poster printing co. – anthony burrillaustralian cigarette packaging – commissioned by australian government department for health and ageing
‘little sun’ by olafur eliasson and frederik ottesen photo by olafur eliasson © frederik ottesen and olafur eliasson
productolympic cauldron – heatherwick studio bang & olufsen ‘beolit 12′ – cecile manz liquiglide ketchup bottle – dave smith/varanasi research group MIT colour porcelain – scholten & baijings/1616 arita japane-source – hal wattslittle printer – berg switch collection – inga sempe for legrand papa foxtrot toys – postlerfergusonchild vision glasses – the centre for vision in the developing worldw127 lamp – dirk winkelplug lamp – form us with love magic arms – dupont hospital for childrenkiosk 2.0 – unfold studiooigen kitchenware – jasper morrison/japan creativetekio – anthony dickenslittle sun – olafur eliasson colalife – simon berry federic malle travel sprays – pierre hardyfaceture vases – phil cuttance surface tension lamp – frontflyknit trainers – nikereplicator 2 – makerbot
‘donky bike’ by ben wilsonimage by john selby
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