Gallery: ICFF 2008: Inflatable Garbage Chair by Nick Demarco


Turn your garbage into something useful with Nick DeMarco inflatable garbage sofa chair. The more trash and recyclables you can stuff into this clever chair – the more puffy and comfortable it becomes. A California College of the Arts student, Nick DeMarco exhibited his ‘XS Chair’ at ICFF this weekend. Industrial plastic sheeting filled with Oakland’s excess garbage and recyclables turns into an overstuffed sofa chair giving reuse and recycling a new face. DeMarco’s XS Chair is a part of ‘Sustainable Design for Mass Production’ presented by CCA, a exhibition of eco-chair designs and environmentally-minded ideas.

CCA is one of only four schools selected to exhibit at ICFF this year. The ICFF annually invites the world’s leading design academies to a juried competition of student-designed products and prototyes as well as provides them with an internationally recognized platform for emerging design. Along with CCA, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), School of Visual Arts (SVA), and Yale University were also invited to attend.

The CCA Musical Chairs exhibit, which includes Demarco’s design, evolved from the “Sustainable Furniture” course at CCA. Sponsored by Wal-Mart and Bevara Design House, the class was structured around two purposes. First, students were challenged to create furniture that addressed environmental, economical and functional concerns. The second challenge was to assess the design’s marketability.

More on the Musical Chairs, including a video, is available at the Bevara Design House website.


+ California College of the Arts
+ Bevara Design House
+ ICFF 2008: Highlights from the NY Furniture Fair


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  1. bluejasn July 10, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Yea its ugly and just recycle those plastic bottles for the better for the environment and you get the CRV back.

  2. DanBailiff June 3, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    What Jake said. It’s ugly, make it opaque. I still think the only people who might actually use such a thing are frat houses. Your average homemaker doesn’t want furniture made from cheap plastic, let alone one stuffed with trash.

  3. jakefloyd May 26, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    That thing sure is ugly, does it have to be clear? Where would one want that in their homes?

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