sea level rise chair by Tobia Zambotti


As global warming and climate change continue to affect our planet, the rate of sea level rise continues to accelerate. According to NASA, in 2020, the global sea level was 91.3 millimeters above the 1993 average, making it the highest annual average in the satellite record (1993-present).


Against this background, Tobia Zambotti has decided to address the issue in a humorous, creative way by introducing a playful chair design made of a discarded kid-size lifebuoy ring. The project seeks to lead the design community toward a more sustainable future, while celebrating the process of upcycling.

tobia zambotti repurposes discarded kid-size lifebuoys into sea level rise chair
the kid-size lifebuoys allow people to seat on the experimental chair

all images courtesy of Patrik Ontkovic



upcycled lifebuoys as symbolic elements


With the sea level rise chair, Tobia Zambotti calls attention to the dramatic environmental issue, keeping the conversation high-spirited without taking away its importance. ‘We can’t stop rising sea levels but we still have a chance to slow them down: every action matters and everyone can contribute. It’s important to feed the discussion around the topic.’ shares the Reykjavík-based designer


The chair gives a new life to unused kid-size lifebuoy rings, in an attempt to highlight the simplicity and accessibility of upcycling. The use of the discarded floatie serves as a symbolic element referencing the sea level and the planet’s struggle to stay afloat and survive. In addition, the bright orange color of the lifebuoys emphasizes the urgency of the situation. By celebrating the creative reuse of discarded products or trash, Zambotti intends to feed the imagination of the global design community and of course, promote sustainability. 

tobia zambotti repurposes discarded kid-size lifebuoys into sea level rise chair
the bright orange color highlights the urgency of the environmental issue

tobia zambotti repurposes discarded kid-size lifebuoys into sea level rise chair
the use of the discarded lifebuoys serves as a symbolic element

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the chair is photographed against the glacier setting in Sólheimajökull, South Iceland

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orange lifebuoys are iconic elements within the urban landscapes of Reykjavik



project info:


name: sea level rise chair
designer: Tobia Zambotti



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edited by: myrto katsikopoulou | designboom