MACEF 2005: Seating for your Conscience

It's great to be running around all the time saving the planet, but at the end of the day, it's nice to have a place to just take a load off. And even better if your chair is designed with sustainability in mind. Once again, the designers who entered the 2005 MACEF sustainable design competition did not disappoint. Take a gander at these beauties that elevate reuse and recycling to a new level.It's important to remember that something can be non-toxic, non-polluting, made from renewable resources, and recyclable, and still not be a good sustainable choice. William Morris said "If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." and he was right; If you don't surround yourself with beautiful, useful recycled design, then it's probably heading for the trash pretty soon anyway.

So, we know you'll join us in praying that these prototypes make it past the one-off stage. ::MACEF Awards at DesignBoom [by DM]

Bin Seats :: Ami Drach, Dov GanchrowAmi and Dov wanted to make a statement about trash and recycling in society. So obviously, they turned to society's iconic trash symbol, the venerable trash bin. The amazing array of designs they came up with is beautiful, but using new bins is not quite recycling, so they need to make sure the technique is still beautiful with old, no-longer-fit-for-trash bins.

Blimp :: James GlencrossBlimp is a great option for young apartment dwellers with lots of friends, but not enough room to store chairs. This molded wood/nontoxic resin seat nests so your closet can store enough of them for a whole Superbowl party.

Bundle :: Ruth WeberRuth was fed up with the rate at which cheap furniture was piling up on the streets of her town destined only for the dumps. So, with a little metal banding and ingenuity, she "pooled her assets" into this cute little ditty.

Bloomberg Up-cycled chair :: Jaime Salm, Raquel Tudela, Katy KennedyThe MIO team whipped up this sleek little number out of pressed paper and steel. The seat is solid, and durable enough for heavy use, but soft to the touch. Plus, when it wears out, the paper pad is easily exchanged for a new one, or the whole chair can be broken down for recycling.

Sign Stool :: Trent JansenTrent cuts, bends and shapes aluminum road signs into these nifty connectible stools complete with street names and highway directions. Recycled aluminum never looked so graphic.

Pouffe :: Tony F. A. MichielsPouffe is made from a skin of recycled tennis balls over a cushion of foam. Tony scoured tennis clubs for balls which had lost their bounce, but not their beauty.