Moe Beitiks

Not Quite a Couch Potato, This Chair is Sculpted from Spuds

by , 07/24/14

sustainable design, green design, renewable materials, green furniture, interior design, potato chair by gert eussen

Children are usually told to stop playing with their food, but those who never grow out of that particular habit tend to end up as rather brilliant, creative adults. Designer Gert Eussen, whom you may remember as the designer who created our favorite spherical treehouse, transformed the humble spud into unique, if unusual, chairs. Actual, little brown potatoes are carved into seat-shapes and dried out. No, they’re not pieces of doll furniture: they’re models for larger, people-sized real things! The full-sized potato chairs are built to the specifications of a real potato, and made of bio-plastic to boot.

sustainable design, green design, renewable materials, green furniture, interior design, potato chair by gert eussen

It’s one of the oldest guidlines of craftsmanship—to let the materials inform the design—but rarely do you see an example so direct, striking and quirky. You get the sense that the potato just decided that this was the chair it was going to make today, thank you very much, wrinkles and all. Eussen’s chairs are carved into cute, elegant and cozy shapes, and as an eco-design bonus, they are also brown and earthy. As a hilarity bonus, they look like something out of a claymation set. Plus, each chair is so distinctive you could probably name them individually. I would call mine “Mister.”

+ Gert Eussen

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  1. Researchers Develop Pot... June 23, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    [...] Potatoes are good for more than just filling up your stomach on the quick; they’re also potential sources of electricity, according to Yissum Research Development Company Ltd. The company, which is an arm of Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has developed a “solid organic electric battery based upon treated potatoes” that is five to fifty times cheaper than commercial 1.5 volt D cells and Energizer e91 cell batteries. The light generated from the potato battery is also at least 6 times more economical than kerosene lamps. [...]

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