studio jens praet: shredded collection
studio jens praet: shredded collection studio jens praet: shredded collection
feb 10, 2011

studio jens praet: shredded collection

studio jens praet: shredded collection images courtesy of studio jens praet / kaitey whitehead




belgium-born, florence-based designer studio jens praet has expanded upon ‘the shredded collection’, a series of furniture pieces constructed from shredded paper and magazines mixed with resin. the collection, which originates from a concern about the amount of paper being wasted globally, re-purposes materials created for mass consumption – like magazines – into limited edition works. each piece, unique in color and appearance is composed of shredded magazines and classified documents that have been rendered unreadable. once being mixed with pigmented resin, the objects are moulded, hardened and finished by hand.

studio jens praet designboom detail


studio jens praet designboom the ‘shredded collection side table’ is made from 6kg of shredded ‘details’ magazine


the ‘shredded collection table’ is made from 12kg of shredded ‘fast company’ magazines




the ‘shredded collection console’ is made from 5kg of shredded ‘art in america’ magazines


detail of console


the ‘shredded collection shelf’ is made from 4kg of shredded ‘ROBB report’ magazines


(left) detail of shelf (right) detail of bench


the ‘shredded collection bench’ is made from 3kg of shredded capitol file and white paper

  • They are very nice, bur surely a material like resin is less sustainable than paper?

    Andy says:
  • recycle the paper, skip the resin…
    defenitely greenwashing!

    cj says:
  • This is definatly not environmentally friendly design. This is just downcycling. If the magazines where written using environmentally friendly inks such as soy inks and the paper was not bleached then we could trhow it away and it could be food for trees and other living organisms.

    gasmeterpeter says:
  • Wow. And let me guess . . . you are typing on a soy bean keyboard and paper light lantern Apple inc. monitor? It seems the only 100% infinitely renewable resource is hate. Maybe that’s what the next product should be made from. Or … love.

    I like the texture.

    mstndvn says:
  • I think I’m going to store my design magazines on these as I wouldn’t shred them ever!

    SMcD says:
  • Repurposing isn’t recycling, especially when you encase the material in a ton of resin. I may not be able to recycle my computer (before the snark with the cryptic name says anything) but I can recycle paper better than this dumb furniture. And/or use my computer to avoid using paper in the first place.

    Kim Phillips | Lucid Marketing says:
  • We’re coming to an age when people cant admit to owning something like this (despite the great style and textures).

    charles says:
  • ..obviously lots of comments here – unfortunately most of them clearly missed the point – in my opinion, this is not a recycle project, but a limited edition series with the only goal to raise attention…

    mstndv nails it on the head – love people love – hate is such a pitty…

    …indeed, the texture is incredible – well done!

    designcollector says:
  • I like the material, nice texture.. but the design of the furniture just doesn’t do it for me.

    Steine says:
  • wow I’d make some-better than landfilling it-why not use wood glue instead of resin. as to the shape of the furniture the photos are an EXAMPLE. I believe this artist’ is being encouraging.

    Joolz says:

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