Piet Hein Eek already has an international reputation for creating furniture from waste material. He made his name in the 1990s for producing products built entirely from discarded materials too expensive to be turned into anything else. His frustration with this situation stemmed from the fact that the materials were thrown away not because they were of no use, but because the cost of labour was too great to make the finished products economically viable.
Flying in the face of commercial logic he’s been successfully selling his expensive recycled products to customers who appreciate their intricacy for over a decade. Now he’s taking the process one step further, creating furniture from the offcuts of his own workshop, meaning his objects are twice-recycled and no materials go to waste.
Waste Waste 40×40 is a collection made up of these offcuts fashioned into 40mm x 40mm pieces and arranged as a skin over a pre-fabricated structure. The benches, tables and chairs are therefore unique, their composite parts retaining paints and laquers left over from their previous iterations, offering the finished products a beautiful pixellated quality.
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