When chairs come out of the sea

1 Dec

The Sea Chair Project is an art project inspired by a polluted British beach. In a collaboration between Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves of Studio Swine with Kieran Jones, the designers developed a unique way to reclaim plastic waste, such as found in that Great Pacific Garbage Patch we touched on here, and make it into unique chairs.

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http://seachair.com/2012/04/09/sea-plastic/

The process starts with mining the sea-shore using a nurdler (see image below), a sluice-like contraption related to old mining practices. The plastic pellets (nurdles) can be sorted by colour while the unique daily harvests make for one-of-a-kind chairs.

http://seachair.com/2012/04/11/the-nurdler-2/

The design trio went even further: Not just recycling plastic pollution, but also recycling the fishing industry: The entire process of sea-surface mining, sorting and chair-making can fit on a small fishing vessel. And even recycling the oil-rig industry: one day, so they suggest, then-defunct oil rigs can mine the sea for plastic waste.

Cheers peeps, I’m off nurdling!

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