‘Substantial’ furniture collection from recycled HIPS
FURNITURE made of recycled plastic is among winners of the Ro Plastic Prize competition in Milan, Italy.
German designer Alexander Schul won the design category of the contest set up by Milanese gallerist Rossana Orlandi, which challenged designers to develop new ways of recycling and reusing plastic.
His ‘Substantial’ furniture collection – comprising a chair, a lamp and a side table – is made entirely from recycled plastic. Schul created the pieces using sheets of high-impact polystyrene. The designs are intended to be universal, practical and easily manufacturable on a large scale, using efficient production methods.
“Considering the fact that only around 40% of the plastic in Europe gets recycled, this design offers an opportunity to raise that percentage,” said Schul. “Part of the problem could thus be transformed into added value.”