Flow - Fluid Material Cycle by Daisuke Yamamoto
Waste Not, Want A Lot
The design world is ablaze with recycling, upcycling and other sustainability projects. We have seen many, but few are as sleek and stylish as the chairs created by Japanese designer Daisuke Yamamoto. His material choice is lightweight gauge steel (LGS), a strong yet light material that the designer, who is also a practising architect, has used extensively in his building projects. LGS is commonly used for framing buildings, but it is usually scrapped when the building is demolished. In a bid to minimise wastage, the designer has created the Flow series of chairs from such reclaimed materials, in a process he calls "fluid material cycle". Designed to provoke discussions rather than as a proof of concept (the chairs, afterall, are made of virgin rather than reclaimed LGS panels), the chairs nevertheless struck us with their sleek forms and distinct Meccano vibes. If only all recycled / upcycled products look this good.
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