Jill Fehrenbacher

FREITAG'S NEW SHIPPING CONTAINER STORE

by , 06/27/06

Freitag, Shipping Container Store, Recycled Design, Recycling in Design, Recycling in Architecture, Zurich, Green Design

One of the pioneering innovators in turning industrial refuse into functional gear is Freitag, the Swiss company launched by a pair of entrepreneurial bike-riding designers who decided that dirty old truck tarps would make ideal messenger bags. Frietag blew up quickly from its humble beginnings — it’s easy to love bags that are durable, waterproof, recycled, and one-of-a-kind. But in scaling up, Freitag’s never compromised their commitment to material reuse and local production (in Zurich).

But why stop there? Given their knack for putting a super-hip edge on recycling, they’ve now scaled up exponentially, with a concept retail space made from shipping containers. “Lovingly they were gutted, reinforced, piled up and secured. Zurich’s first bonsai-skyscraper.”



17 containers comprise the 4 stories of Freitag‘s new Zurich store, situated near the transit bridge with roof-top views of the city. Who knew a simple cycling solution could turn into a high-style recycling empire?

Via Reluct

If this weren’t cool enough, Freitag also makes “Patriotic Footballs” (Just in time for the World Cup) from recyled truck tarps. Viva la game!

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  1. Freitag Shop is World's... October 4, 2010 at 11:03 am

    [...] made from old truck tarps, but did you know that they have another claim to fame? Their radical shipping container store in Zurich boasts the title of being the tallest in the world! The 26 meter (85 foot) high structure [...]

  2. Mobile Urban Architectu... September 17, 2007 at 11:37 pm

    [...] containers have been used for institutional, commercial and residential projects including museums, stores and single- or multi-family housing. Their use as emergency medical units has also been [...]

  3. Keetsa! Blog - Eco-Frie... May 7, 2007 at 2:05 pm

    [...] recycled bags. Repurposing old vinyl posters and billboards to make bags isn’t a new trend (Freitag seems to be leading the way in Europe and now companies from Alchemy Goods to Feuerwear are doing [...]

  4. Inhabitat » BAUMM... May 6, 2007 at 4:20 pm

    [...] recycled bags. Repurposing old vinyl posters and billboards to make bags isn’t a new trend (Freitag seems to be leading the way in Europe and now companies from Alchemy Goods to Feuerwear are doing [...]

  5. Inhabitat » Blog ... July 23, 2006 at 6:19 am

    [...] What Freitag did for Tarps, Feuerwear does for fire hoses. Launched earlier this year by engineering graduate Martin Klusener, Feuerwear creates three different models of bags and an assortment of belts from used fire hoses. All of Feuerwear products are extremely durable, given the nature of the material used — you could set these things on fire and they’d withstand the heat. [...]

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