Did you ever make this pattern with your candy wrappers as a child? Well, I did and that’s why this chair caught my attention.
Award winning industrial designer, Emiliano Godoy, who has a very impressive list of credentials, considers “design a tool to renew our production and consumption structures, a way to change unsustainable patterns of product development into a sustainable innovation process.”
He sends out an invitation to designers to join him in his Godoy Lab to “devise solutions that are market appropriate, manufacturing adequate, technologically advanced, environmentally responsible, aesthetically innovative and future friendly.”
And his latest product is the Snowjob Chair for Ecoist (a brand that develops fashion accessories for the eco-minded individuals made from recycled, organic, or earth-friendly materials, and are manufactured through a network of fair trade partnerships around the world.)
The Snowjob Chair is composed of a wooden frame structure made with FSC wood and finished with a vegetable-based biodegradable coating. The cover is the exciting part; made from post industrial (not consumer) waste from the candy wrapping industry. Wrappers that have been misprinted or have obsolete or incorrect information are cut into small sections, which are then folded into rectangular pieces and joined to form large surfaces. Then internal reinforcement is made from post-consumer recycled paper, giving rigidity and resistance to the wrappers.
Every aspect of this chair has been crafted to eliminate the environmental impact of its production. Even the tools used are simple woodworking hand tools, scissors and box cutters for the cover. The chair can also be disassembled to reduce shipping size and consequently transportation and storage environmental impacts. Brilliant!!
It’s no wonder that Emiliano was named among the “50 most important eco-champions of today” by 02 Magazine, and has won numerous awards for his work, as well as being published in numerous books such as Design Now! (Taschen, 2007), Experimental Eco Design (Rotovision, 2006) and Design Inspirations (Daab, 2008).
Check more of Emiliano’s work here.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.