In the crossroads between experimenting and ecology we find the work of Studio Swine, who carried out a workshop at the Master of European Design Labs in order to convey to students a new vision on the possibilities of a material like plastic.
The United Nations estimates that the ocean contains around 100 million tonnes of plastic, and the number of pieces of plastic in the Pacific Ocean in particular has tripled in the last ten years.
In order to put a stop to this negative situation, Studio Swine has designed a process to collect this kind of marine waste and reuse it by turning it into eco-friendly chairs. This is how the Sea Chair was created. It is a chair made entirely from plastic collected from beaches, and was presented at the Milan Furniture Fair in 2012.
Studio Swine (Super Wide Interdisciplinary New Exploration) emerged from the collaboration between Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves. With projects like Sea Chair, these designers seek design solutions that lessen the environmental impact of plastic by means of experimentation with a range of materials.
During their time at the Master of European Design Labs, the designers wanted to face, along with the students, the challenge of dealing with this environmental problem by means of design, and, in order to do so, they worked on creating and experimenting using pieces of plastic melted in solar ovens created by the students themselves.
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Start: January 2015.
Schedule: Monday to Friday, from 9.30 to 18.00 h, distributed between lessons, tutorials, research and trips.
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