Turning plastic pollution into design solution!

The guys at The New Raw make a rather interesting point. The one material property of plastic we consider a benefit is in fact a curse. Plastic is designed to last long, but its usage cycle falls vastly short of its actual lifespan. A mere wrapper, bottle or garbage bag has a usage cycle ranging from a couple of hours to a couple of months, yet this very material has a lifespan of anywhere from 500 to 1000 years, making its way into landfills and the oceans because it was designed to outlive its need.

The Print Your City project was spawned out of the need to extend the usage cycle of plastic by developing a technology to turn waste plastic back into a raw material. The New Raw transform waste plastic into public furniture using 3D printing, not just extending the life of plastic and minimizing waste as a result, but doing it in a way that doesn’t necessarily make the end-result look “recycled”, but rather a well designed, beautifully manufactured product.

According to The New Raw, individual citizens of Amsterdam generate up to 25 kilograms of plastic waste annually. The Print Your City XXX Bench, one of the first in the series of products uses 50 of waste plastic (an amount generated annually by two such citizens) to develop a bench with a unique, iconic aesthetic, the Amsterdam XXX branding, and the ability to seat up to four people!

The New Raw’s approach to recycling involves visualizing waste as a resource and raw material Their hope is to turn waste generated by the residents of Amsterdam into products that are designed to serve its citizens and use plastic’s long life-span as an advantage!

Designers: The New Raw & Aectual. (Supported by TU Delft)

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Turning plywood into ‘play’wood

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Seldom do we admire a table for not its surface, but its edges. The Breaking Surface table by Sophie Hardy pays tribute to the small Swedish village of Dals Långed, a village that once had a thriving paper industry. The table comprises multiple stacked sheets of colored paper trapped between pieces of birch veneer and ply. The colors of the paper sheets come out with the way the edges are machine milled to produce a design detail that’s nothing short of eye-catching and marvelous, whether admired from above or the side. What’s truly interesting is the possibility of experimenting with various color combinations and cut patterns to create a complete, exhaustive series that explore different designs, colors, trends, cultures, etc.! The possibilities are endless!

Designer: Sophie Hardy

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The Juicer for Creative Types

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When it comes to inspiration, the things we use on a daily basis can trickle down into our work… and this juicer designer feels much like that! It’s almost as if the designer looked down at their pencil one day and thought… juice! Created by Elinor Portnoy, this alternative juicer takes on the form of a familiar writing utensil and presents an interesting and elegant new way to juice.

Made entirely of smooth glass, its as sculptural as it is functional. Simply push down your favorite citrus fruit on the multifaceted top to extract fresh juice. Best to place it in a bowl as the juice runs down the sides. It seems a bit niche, but if you’ve got a sketcher or writer in your life that loves freshly squeezed juice… I guess it’s perfect!

Designer: Elinor Portnoy

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A Lamp that Looks to the Light

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Inspired by a plant (of the same name) who’s flowers are said to turn with the sun, the Turnsole lamp brings a bit of warmth and industrial style to any space. According to designer Mindaugas Petrikas, the lamp shade opening should always be pointed at a wall so that, like the flower, it looks to the bright spot, always facing the light! With its spindly legs and light color scheme, it’s eye-catching without being visually cluttering.

Its legs are connected by three ropes. This creates tension in only one axis, allowing the legs to move sideways with ease, but preventing them from moving back and forth. The ropes are attached to a steel turnbuckle which adjusts the tension and the footprint of the tripod. While they’re not telescopic, this adjustable system allows the user to adapt the lamp to spaces with varying width and height requirements.

Designer: Mindaugas Petrikas

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Turn your wall into a touchscreen tablet!

You could own an android tablet… or you could turn any plain surface into your android tablet! The Touchjet Pond isn’t your regular pico projector. The Pond is a complete android system attached to a projector, with its own touch input stylus!

Designed to be able to project an 80-inch screen, the Pond comes with a remote to navigate through programs, but what’s truly game changing is the stylus, that allows you to tap/swipe and even draw on the projected surface, making the Pond an absolute boon for presentations, education, design work, and even for entertainment! The entire device fits in the palm of your hand and can slide into any bag or briefcase along with the touch-input stylus and the remote controller. The Pond comes with the Android OS built in, and can even pair with other devices to work as a regular projector device. It even packs speakers and an aux jack for the added punch.

The Pond projector is capable of taking up to 4 touch inputs, allowing four people with styluses to operate the device, drawing simultaneously on the projected screen… or a single person work using multi-touch (one stylus in each hand). The Pond is a true game changer, allowing people to interact directly with office presentations, or turn their wall into a canvas to truly make larger-than-life artworks… or play Fruit Ninja on possibly the biggest display ever!

Designer: Touchjet

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