Recyclable Magazine Furniture by the kilo!

published in: Design By Marcia Argyriades, 09 February 2011

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The Shredded Collection Sidetable (Details Edition) is made from 6 kg Details magazine leftovers and clear resin...
Materials: Shredded Details magazines, clear resin
Dimensions: 750 x 850 x 400 mm (h x w x d)
Production: Edition of 8 + 2AP + 2P
photo by Kaitey Whitehead © 2011, studio Jens Praet for Industry Gallery

Belgian industrial designer Jens Praet who we’ve seen before on Yatzer proves that recycling can be a lot more interesting than stuffing cans, bottles, magazines and cardboard into the proper recycling containers.  Fossilized at Industry Gallery in Washington DC, is Praet’s first solo exhibition in the U.S.; his designs are made of shredded magazines and documents mixed with clear resin.
 
Fossilized features nine works – tables, consoles, benches and shelves, five of which are made of shredded magazines and four of shredded documents.  Praet recycled magazines such as Art in America, Capitol File, Details, Fast Company, and Robb Report and shredded them through the paper shredder to end up with some pounds or kilos of recycled paper.  Then, mixed with clear resin he created his own unique designs; each in an edition of 12 having created each design exclusively from a magazine title.  Furthermore, equivalent works for all the designs except the large table were also accomplished using shredded documents mixed with semi-transparent white resin to create the balance of the exhibitions nine works.

The Shredded Collection Sidetable (detail)
photo by Kaitey Whitehead © 2011, studio Jens Praet for Industry Gallery

The pieces are made by mixing the shredded paper with the resin and then poured into a molding plate.  Once the resin has dried up and hardened, the pieces are popped out of the molding plate and finished off by hand.  All Fossilized items are handcrafted in cooperation with Wandschappen, Rotterdam – The Netherlands.  The creation of Fossilized was initiated by Praet’s concern regarding recycling and sustainable design, as well as the amount of paper waste being produced globally.

The Shredded Collection Shelf (Robb Report Edition) is made from 4 kg Robb Report magazine leftovers and clear resin...
Materials: Shredded Robb Report magazines, clear resin
Dimensions: 320 x 1400 x 300 mm (h x w x d)
Production: Edition of 8 + 2AP + 2P
photo by Kaitey Whitehead © 2011, studio Jens Praet for Industry Gallery

The Shredded Collection Shelf (detail)
photo by Kaitey Whitehead © 2011, studio Jens Praet for Industry Gallery

The Shredded Collection Shelf (White Edition) is made from 4 kg shredded confidential documents and white pigmented resin. The top and inner-sides have been high gloss polished...
Materials:Shredded confidential documents, white pigmented resin
Dimensions:320 x 1400 x 300 mm (h x w x d)
Production:Edition of 8 + 2AP + 2P
photo by Kaitey Whitehead © 2011, studio Jens Praet for Industry Gallery

Fossilized is an assortment through which Praet addresses creatively, matters regarding sustainability.  He communicates his message through a limited edition piece of furniture which has been created by generating a new purpose to a mass product such as magazines.  Through this form of communication Praet makes the magazine unusable as a means of communication and information, but makes the most of it by creating a unique furniture piece.   

According to Jens Praet , “what started out as a research project, turned out to be a continuously growing furniture collection that ended up transforming seemingly useless documents and leftover magazines into useful objects.  Paper waste returns to our living or working area as usable furniture.”

 

The Shredded Collection Bench (Capitol File Edition) is made from 3 kg Capitol File magazine left overs and clear resin...
Materials: Shredded Capitol File magazines, clear resin
Dimensions: 400 x 900 x 350 mm (h x w x d)
Production: Edition of 8 + 2AP + 2P
photo by Kaitey Whitehead © 2011, studio Jens Praet for Industry Gallery

The Shredded Collection Bench(detail)
photo by Kaitey Whitehead © 2011, studio Jens Praet for Industry Gallery

Just for your info, here is a list of the magazines (named edition) and/or documents (white edition) used to create each work:
 
+ Fossilized Console Table:  Art in America & White Editions /// 11.1 pounds, 5kg
+ Fossilized Bench:  Capitol File & White Editions /// 6.65 pounds, 3kg
+ Fossilized Side Table:  Details & White Editions /// 13.25 pounds, 6kg
+ Fossilized Large Table:  Fast Company Edition /// 26.5 pounds, 12kg
+ Fossilized Large Shelf:  Robb Report & White Editions /// 8.85 pounds, 4kg

The Shredded Collection Sidetable (White Edition) is made from 6 kg shredded confidential documents and white pigmented resin. The top and inner-shelf have been high gloss polished...
Materials: Shredded confidential documents, white pigmented resin
Dimensions: 750 x 850 x 400 mm (h x w x d)
Production: Edition of 8 + 2AP + 2P

photo by Kaitey Whitehead © 2011, studio Jens Praet for Industry Gallery

The Shredded Collection Sidetable (White Edition), detail
photo by Kaitey Whitehead © 2011, studio Jens Praet for Industry Gallery

The Shredded Collection Bench (White Edition) is made from 3 kg shredded confidential documents and white pigmented resin. The top and shelves have been high gloss polished...
Materials: Shredded confidential documents, white pigmented resin
Dimensions:400 x 900 x 350 mm (h x w x d)
Production:Edition of 8 + 2AP + 2P
photo by Kaitey Whitehead © 2011, studio Jens Praet for Industry Gallery

The Shredded Collection Bench (White Edition), detail
photo by Kaitey Whitehead © 2011, studio Jens Praet for Industry Gallery

The Shredded Collection Console (White Edition) is made from 5 kg shredded confidential documents and white pigmented resin. The top and shelves have been high gloss polished...
Materials: Shredded confidential documents, white pigmented resin
Dimensions: 1000 x 1200 x 300 mm (h x w x d)
Production: Edition of 8 + 2AP + 2P
photo by Kaitey Whitehead © 2011, studio Jens Praet for Industry Gallery

The Shredded Collection Console (White Edition), detail
photo by Kaitey Whitehead © 2011, studio Jens Praet for Industry Gallery

The Shredded Collection Console (Art in America Edition) is made from 5 kg Art in America magazine leftovers and clear resin...
Materials: Shredded Art in America magazines, clear resin
Dimensions: 1000 x 1200 x 300 mm (h x w x d)
Production: Edition of 8 + 2AP + 2P
photo by Kaitey Whitehead © 2011, studio Jens Praet for Industry Gallery

The Shredded Collection Console (detail)
photo by Kaitey Whitehead © 2011, studio Jens Praet for Industry Gallery

The Shredded Collection Table (Fast Company Edition) is made from 26 kg Fast Company magazine leftovers and clear resin...
Materials: Shredded Fast Company magazines, clear resin
Dimensions: 750 x 1800 x 800 mm (h x w x d)
Production: Edition of 8 + 2AP + 2P

photo by Kaitey Whitehead © 2011, studio Jens Praet for Industry Gallery

The Shredded Collection Table (detail)
photo by Kaitey Whitehead © 2011, studio Jens Praet for Industry Gallery

Fossilized will be running at Industry Gallery up until February 26, 2011.
1358 Florida Avenue, NE, Suite 200, Washington DC 20002

sources:

Studio Jens Praet, Industry Gallery

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About Studio Jens Praet

Established in 2007, Studio Jens Praet is a design studio based in Panzano in Chianti, a small town near Firenze in Italy, run by Belgian designer Jens Praet.  Praet studied Industrial Design in Firenze and attended the Master classes at the renowned Design Academy in Eindhoven under Droog Design’s co-founder Gijs Bakker.

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  • friend
    Jaime from Design Milk | 2011-02-10 01:11:10

    I love this! Wonderful discovery!

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    Αγγελική Μάνδραλη | 2011-02-15 14:53:42

    Συγχαρητήρια για την ποότητα και τον πλούτο των παρουσιάσεων επιθυμώ να με ενημέρώνετε Ευχαριστώ Αγγελική

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    Richard J Woods | 2012-02-16 08:46:36

    I am glad I came across this online as I am very impressed, both by the visual effect of the furniture created and the way it was done. I sometimes wonder if our unwanted wooden furniture can be dealt with the same way, recycled and made into another piece of furniture, that would be more environmentally friendly definitely.

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    Mangult Henry | 2013-09-25 12:50:09

    What a fantastic idea! And it’s probably better for the environment than recycling the paper back into pulp for more magazines (not to say that it’s better to keep cutting down trees to do so – definitely NOT!). I’m just wondering: aside from the smooth surface tops, how would one keep the rest of the furniture pieces dust free? Obviously Praet created these for actual use and in the event that, say, one would accidently spill their drink down a side table, it would be almost impossible to get it cleaned up properly. I’d be afraid to go near my own furniture!

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