UPCYCLING DISCARDED FURNITURE
DID YOU KNOW?
Of all the recyclable disposed furniture, Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild the entire commercial air fleet every three months, enough steel to reconstruct Manhattan, and enough wood to heat 5 million homes for 200 years.
HOW MIGHT WE UP-CYCLE DISCARDED FURNITURE TO SUIT OUR CONSTANTLY EVOLVING LIVING / WORKING ENVIRONMENTS?
At its core, a circular economy means that products no longer have a life cycle with a beginning, middle and end, and therefore contribute less waste and can actually add value to their ecosystem. When materials stop being used, they go back into a useful cycle, hence the circular economy. Imagine what would happen if everything was designed to be restored and regenerative? I assume, in the near future we would no longer be creating new products but will most likely be recycling used products. In the ideal world humans have heeded the warnings about the environmental consequences of our consumption and have taken to smart alternatives.
DOT&DASH focuses around handpicking discarded furniture to up-cycle and convert into a modular piece.
An ideal kit consists of a base which is refined and transformed into a perforated surface onto which different elements can be fixed. Because one cannot guarantee that all the found objects could be of the same properties, every kit is a unique piece in itself.
The kit is a collection of the base and few pre-requisite elements to complete a piece of furniture.
The customer can choose to personalize and customize the kit by buying other elements.
The uniqueness of this design is the fact that it will remain one-of-a-kind and the customers can celebrate their identity and creativeness through the products that they own.
This is an intentional effort to make sure that the product goes through the customer’s personalization and creativity. This ensures constant engagement with the product and continuous purpose-serving.
It is as pleasurable as building a LEGO set. This feature combined with the lightweight materials further reduces its shipping carbon footprint by integrating different materials thoughtfully with wood.