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Recycled Plastics being used in hi-tech hollow, light, strong tables and benches…

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Apr 10, 2018 11:46:49 AM

recycled plastic table & chairsStartup company Pentatonic has collaborated with Snarkitecture to create a collection of modular furniture made from recycled waste, including cans, computer parts and coffee cups. The collaboration between Berlin-based Pentatonic and New York studio Snarkitecture resulted in a furniture collection named Fractured, which includes a modular bench and table. Each item features a large crack down its centre, splitting the piece into two parts – which the brand likens to "a child's puzzle." Formed entirely of post-consumer waste, the making of each bench requires 240 plastic bottles, 45 aluminium drinks cans, 120 items of food packaging and four car bumpers.

Each table is made using 1,290 cans, 140 food packaging items and coffee cup lids, and six car bumpers. "Fractured for us, is a new take on the relationship between looseness and precision," Snarkitecture co-founder Alex Mustonen told Dezeen.  "On one hand, you have the precision engineering and circular technology of Pentatonic, but it's been disturbed by this dramatic separation."

The nature of each table or bench is designed to reflect the recycling process itself, as they can be transformed from a whole element into a broken one, and then back to whole again.

"The theme of separation chimes with Pentatonic's mission to consign disposable, single-use materials to the past in search of a new consumer culture where the tools of our lives are endlessly revivable and environmentally sound," said Pentatonic co-founder Jamie Hall. Both the table and the bench are created using nitrogen-assisted injection moulding, in the startup's patented AirTool system.

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