Old Mattresses Make Recycled Chairs
image from Coolhunting
"Hot or not?" is how one blog started and we have to agree... Apartment Therapy took a vote and 21 thought it was hot whilst 391 did not. Where to start.
Frank Willems, the designer, is Dutch and is committed to recycling and reusing the materials in our environment. He became famous with this chair, called the "Madame Rubens". Why that name? She is a "plump but sophisticated lady after an extreme makeover"...image from Coolhunting
He explains his inspiration: "At a visit to a waste processing facility I learned almost all types of waste appeared to have a destination, except mattresses. They cause trouble because they get stuck between the shredders...For this reason, I started to work with old mattresses."
Willems takes old mattresses and folds and ties them, voluminous as they are. He adds antique legs and colours each one differently. Since they are one-offs, each is different and unique. The "petit pouf" looks very soft although balance may be a problem; it is made of folded mattresses only. The "plus de Reubens" looks like a proper chair. All the hand-made pieces are covered with a hygienic water-resistant foam coating and painted over in a single bold colour. Frank Willems Via : Financial TimesMore on Unusual ChairsLondon Design Festival: Chairs GaloreChair Survey: 2007The Thonet Project