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Posted By Jill Fehrenbacher On July 3, 2007 @ 5:59 am In Design,Green Furniture,Innovation,Recycled Materials | 13 Comments

TOP 5 CHAIRS MADE FROM TRASH, Top five ways to sit on trash, Top 5 recycled chairs, sustainable design, green chair design [1]

We at Inhabitat are huge supporters of the trash-to-treasure approach to design. Using repurposed, discarded, and recycled materials is not only eco-friendly and gives new life to seemingly useless material, but provides an interesting critique on modern consumer-based culture and individual value systems (see our recent Reclaiming Design [2] panel at HauteGREEN [3]). In that spirit, here are our five favorite chairs made from trash, reused materials, and other such refuse.

A La Lata Lazy Chair, A La Lata, recycled can chair, recyclable chair, Carlos Alberto Montana Hoyos, Aluminum pulltab chair

1. A LA LATA LOUNGER by Carlos Alberto Montana Hoyos [4]
Carlos Alberto Montana Hoyos’ [5] sleekly styled lounge chair is a feat of both recycling and hand-crafted construction. Meticulously assembled using 1739 recycled aluminum can tabs, Hoyos’ unique lounge chair incorporates traditional handicraft techniques with cutting-edge contemporary design.

roughly drawn rd4 codha hautegreen 2007 chair recycled plastic furniture

2. RD4 CHAIR by Richard G. Liddle/Cohda Designs [6]
Combining green design sensibility and the freehand aesthetic of an architect’s sketch (RD stands for ‘roughly drawn’), Richard G. Liddle’s magnificent RD4 Chair [7] is made from 100% wasted plastic, which yields a very comfortable seat in a super-cool form.

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

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 [9] 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.

Emily Pilloton, Human Nest, Scrap Chair, Swarf Lamps, Scrap Fabric Chair [10]

4. HUMAN NEST CHAIR by Emily Pilloton [11]
One of the eye-catching green pieces from HauteGREEN 2006 [12], Emily Pilloton’s [13] Human Nest chair takes bird-based construction to a comfy and oh-so-eco-friendly level- the bowl shaped chair is hand woven and tied using a bamboo frame and dozens of yards of scrap fabric.

Uhuru Stoolen, Uhuru Recycled Scrap Stoolen, TOP 5 CHAIRS MADE FROM TRASH, Top five ways to sit on trash, Top 5 recycled chairs, sustainable design, green chair design

One of our BKLYN Design [15] favorites, this darling little stool by Uhuru [16] is constructed from off-cut scrap wood pieces, all held in place using a recycled bike wheel. We love its tongue-in-cheek resemblance to a tree-stump, and love that the wood is recycled even more.

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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/07/03/top-5-chairs-made-from-trash/

[2] Reclaiming Design: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/05/03/reclaiming-design-at-hautegreen/

[3] HauteGREEN: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/05/28/hautegreen-best-in-show-inhabitat-awards/

[4] 1. A LA LATA LOUNGER by Carlos Alberto Montana Hoyos: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/02/27/a-la-lata-lazy-chair-by-carlos-alberto-montana-hoyos/

[5] Carlos Alberto Montana Hoyos’: mailto:c_a_montana@yahoo. com

[6] 2. RD4 CHAIR by Richard G. Liddle/Cohda Designs: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/05/10/recycled-plastic-rd4-chair-handmade-by-codha-designs/

[7] RD4 Chair: http://www.cohda.com/page_t.php?page=products

[8] 3. INKUKU PLASTIC BAG CHAIR by Ryan Frank: http://www.inhabitat.com/2006/09/20/ryan-frank-plastic-bag-chair/

[9] Ryan Frank’s: http://www.ryanfrank.net/

[10] Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/inhabitat/189805934/

[11] 4. HUMAN NEST CHAIR by Emily Pilloton: http://www.inhabitat.com/2006/07/15/emily-pillotons-human-nest/

[12] HauteGREEN 2006: http://www.inhabitat.com/2006/05/23/hautegreen-opening-day/

[13] Emily Pilloton’s: http://www.emilypilloton.com/

[14] 5. UHURU SCRAP STOOLEN: http://www.inhabitat.com/2006/05/15/uhuru-design-stoolen-chair/

[15] BKLYN Design: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/05/14/bklyn-designs-2007-inhabitat-reports/

[16] Uhuru: http://www.uhurudesign.com/work.php?p=4&s=46&t=35&w=2&b=74

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