Can sustainable design thinking help us develop new furniture aesthetics and possibilities?
Generating different kinds of furniture by combining and re-contextualizing both industrial and urban waste, CastAway Furniture proposes and develops a new aesthetic language to embody the conceptual and physical implication of the presence of waste in our lives.
The research leading the project focuses on the hierarchies of values that society allocates to waste and how almost every material can be converted into new functional artefacts through the design process.
Having developed a sensibility for the beauty of unused and abandoned materials, my purpose and wider intention became to showcase design resources and opportunities where we generally see only waste materials
The materials found always dictate the evolution of the design process and this approach offers a model that can be used in multiple circumstances and with different materials each time.
The modus operandi I developed is a never ending problem solving and creativity exercise, which has no design limits except for the ethical commitment to the recovery of waste.