WASTE, Sexy Beanbags From Barcelona
After recycled material for construction and the ever-growing recycled PVC fashion Barcelona is addicted to, a new waste product has been saved from the trash can: car textile. Benjamin Mordoh, from the company WASTE, is the designer behind these luxurious beanbags made from discarded automotive upholstery. These very comfy and durable poufs are his way of reducing industrial waste. Benjamin is outraged by the amount of (high-quality!) waste that comes out of the car industry and so has committed himself to ‘transforming the reality of waste into something positive’. The beanbags are locally produced, hand-made and hence, limited editions. Comfort and relaxation is what you get out of these body-hugging beanbags that are also multifunctional: they can be used as pillows, armchairs, sofas or deck chairs and even as beds for unexpected visitors.
Each size and pattern depends of the size of the discarded textile. Because the material has been designed for car interiors, it is unfortunately unable to be upcycled (different foamy components fused by heat makes them inseparable) but is highly resistant to light, humidity and temperature. It has been specially designed for continuous usage, is non-flammable and easy to clean. The durability this material gives the poufs, makes them ideal to be used in bars and Benjamin’s newly discovered waste material has made it into quite a few chill-out clubs and even boat interiors.
Not only is WASTE recycling and reducing waste but they are making sure they run an ethical business. This includes local production in Barcelona, cooperating with a tailoring workshop dedicated to women’s social reintegration. All poufs are hand-stitched which ensures high quality and easy disassembly (compared to gluing for example) when the product reaches the end of its life. This leaves us with the filling which currently consists of high-density Styrofoam pearls. WASTE is looking for a more eco-friendly alternative without having to compromise on comfort and support or its lightweight quality (any suggestions, email Benji). The WASTE pouf is another attractive example of something undesirable becoming desirable, even if these don’t save the waste problem as a whole. Prices start at around 215€. The poufs are so far only available via the web site and can be send empty. Thanks Jess for the tip! ::WASTE