Jill Fehrenbacher

RYAN FRANK PLASTIC BAG CHAIR

by , 09/20/06

Ryan Frank, Hackney Shelves, Hackney Shelf, 100% Design, plastic bag chair

Like the Hackney Shelf which we featured this morning, Ryan Frank‘s Inkuku (Zulu for “chicken”) chair capitalizes on an aspect of contemporary urban culture to create a unique piece of furniture. Frank put a modern spin on a traditional African craft technique by choosing to use plastic shopping bags and recycled aluminum as the materials for his piece. The result is a heavily textured, brightly colored chair that would probably offer plenty of cushion with so many layers of thin plastic and trapped pockets of air. Its also an interesting commentary on re-use and recycling – now perhaps we can put all those plastic shopping bags to better use!

The talented London designer will be unveiling a bunch of new designs at London Design week this year (like this new eco-friendly Sunday Morning stool featured on Treehugger). Look for him at 100% Design starting tomorrow.

+ Ryan Frank

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  5. hira ali October 3, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    Hello Ryan
    my name is HIRA ALI and i am workin on a project on different types of chairs and i just love the work
    you have done with the “plastic bag inkuku chair” . i was wondering if i could ask you about the measurements of this particular chair as one of my project information requirments.
    hope u hear a reply back soon thanks

  6. ryan frank September 15, 2007 at 4:29 pm

    Hello Fiona
    I know its basically a year late, but I have only read your comment now………give me a call , ii would be happy to discuss ideas and possibilities…
    thanks for your kind words

    all the best
    Ryan Frank

  7. » Blog Archive &r... July 11, 2007 at 12:00 am

    [...] 3. INKUKU PLASTIC BAG CHAIR by Ryan Frank While most of us green-minded consumers have hopefully switched to reusable shopping bags by now, plastic shopping bags continue to be a huge source of waste. But Ryan Frank’s Inkuku chair (which means “chicken” in Zulu), turns these pesky bags into design material using a traditional African craft technique. The result is a very brightly colored (and especially green) seat. [...]

  8. Interior Design Ideas :... July 3, 2007 at 11:30 pm

    [...] 3. INKUKU PLASTIC BAG CHAIR by Ryan Frank While most of us green-minded consumers have hopefully switched to reusable shopping bags by now, plastic shopping bags continue to be a huge source of waste. But Ryan Frank’s Inkuku chair (which means “chicken” in Zulu), turns these pesky bags into design material using a traditional African craft technique. The result is a very brightly colored (and especially green) seat. [...]

  9. Inhabitat » TOP 5... July 3, 2007 at 5:59 am

    [...] 3. INKUKU PLASTIC BAG CHAIR by Ryan Frank While most of us green-minded consumers have hopefully switched to reusable shopping bags by now, plastic shopping bags continue to be a huge source of waste. But Ryan Frank’s Inkuku chair (which means “chicken” in Zulu), turns these pesky bags into design material using a traditional African craft technique. The result is a very brightly colored (and especially green) seat. [...]

  10. fiona macandrew September 30, 2006 at 9:09 am

    Brilliant idea! I am a primary school teacher actively involved in trying to make chikldren more aware of the possibilities of recycling, both with my own class and through the school’s Eco group.We are just beginning a project to build a greenhouse from recycled materials. Your chair is both innovative and inspiring and I would love to be able to explore, with the children, some possibilities of reusing plastic bags and making them into a crude piece of furniture. Any ideas and/or suggestions you could give me would be tremendous.

  11. ariel September 21, 2006 at 12:19 pm

    I love the design. I did find some humor in thinking how I would have to clean it. Have you ever gotten a plastic bag stuck in a vacuum cleaner?

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