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Posted By Jill Fehrenbacher On June 27, 2006 @ 5:54 pm In Accessories and Fashion,Architecture,Design,Green Building,Innovation,Recycled Materials | 5 Comments

Freitag, Shipping Container Store, Recycled Design, Recycling in Design, Recycling in Architecture, Zurich, Green Design [1]

One of the pioneering innovators in turning industrial refuse into functional gear is Freitag [2], 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 [3]. “Lovingly they were gutted, reinforced, piled up and secured. Zurich’s first bonsai-skyscraper.”

17 containers comprise the 4 stories of Freitag [4]‘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 [5]

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] Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/inhabitat/176436692/

[2] Freitag: http://www.freitag.ch/

[3] concept retail space made from shipping containers: http://www.reluct.com/home/f-shop_e.pdf

[4] Freitag: http://www.freitag.ch

[5] Via Reluct: http://www.reluct.com/home/2006/06/freitag-concept-store.html

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