An object that is quit familiar is a shopping cart. An object that was invented 1937 by a resident of Oklahoma City | USA, named Sylvan N. Goldman. Maybe in the future we don’t use them any more because of home delivery and places where you can pick up your online grocery list. But until then lots and lots of shopping carts are used. In the USA about 40 million shopping carts are used and almost 1.5 million new ones are manufactured each year.
A well known problem is that of abandoned shopping carts. These things turn up in the oddest places. Luckily there are companies that deal with this problem and designers who see possibilities in creating something cool out of a discarded shopping cart.
Luxury shopping carts
Some time ago upcycleDZINE featured chairs created by Max McMurdo made out of shopping carts. And a few weeks ago I stumbled upon a designer called
Etienne Reinders who transforms discarded shopping carts into luxury furniture. After cutting, bending and welding the object gets galvanized and refitted with some new plastic parts.
Etienne is a designer with a strong opinion who isn’t mainstream and loves challenges. “I believe that a work should be simple. The design and materials must suit the idea. So don’t make it prettier or uglier than it needs to be. I work very concise and pure.”
Photos © Etienne Reijnders
If you look at this exclusive furniture collection you wouldn’t think it was made out of upcycling an everyday object like a shopping cart.