When people ask me what upcycling is I always say the same thing. It’s about giving discarded objects and/or materials a second life and a new function, thereby creating an added value to the new object. And giving a new function is most of the times a fun factor and big surprise.
When seeing an upcycle design piece for the first time it often has that moment of surprise and then recognition. That amazement is one of the fascinating aspects of upcycle design. But can it still be interesting if a designer creates a design with a discarded object that keeps it’s former function? Is it still upcycle design if it’s used in a completely new design, having that surprise factor and saving an object from ending up in a landfill?
Chair backrests get versatile use
On upcycleDZINE we publish upcycle design that uses any type of old or discarded object. Because we want to show and inspire people to see waste in a different light. And that’s exactly what this post is trying to do with the upcycle design pieces it’s showing.
The design project you’re seeing is called LOOM and is by Kiosk deluxe, founded by German designer Detlef Nordemann and based in Bremen | Germany. The design is a combination between a chair and a cushion. LOOM is made out of a comfortable upholstered cushion in combination with one or more discarded backrests.
Finally relax, lean and read while taking countless sitting and reclining positions. The entire seat cushion is padded with a flexible, solid filler divided over several compartments. A versatile use is possible because the backrest and upholstery fabric are individually replaceable.
Photos © Kiosk deluxe
During Heimtextil, the annual international trade fair in Frankfurt for home and contract textiles, the fourth Young Creations Award was presented. Detlef Nordemann received the second price for his LOOM project.
I really hope that one day I’ll be able to sit on one of these chair cushions to check them out. They just look so inviting!
Design by Kiosk deluxe