There's no such thing as waste in nature, as all natural materials eventually become the raw materials for another natural process, or help in supporting other organisms. It's something that we modern humans are slowly learning to do when we design our products, just as our ancestors did generations ago -- taking discarded materials and turning them into something else -- like furniture made out of wood shavings or wool.
South Korean design studio Hattern created Zero Per Stool, a set of stools and accessories made from their own offcuts, generated during the making of stool legs out of white oak.
The offcuts are reused, cured in resin (no word on what kind of resin -- we hope it's some kind of eco-friendly, bio-based resin) and reshaped to form the seat. The result is a visually striking surface that combines the warmth of wood with the lovely milkiness of resin.
The designers call their technique making "hybrid wood":
Hybrid wood technique is to solidify cured resin with cracked wood pieces after pouring into a mold. These materials are recreated into various forms of products such as fountain pen, stamp using handwork. The translucent resin is to exhibit the shape of abandoned woods plainly as well as is to be stuffed the pieces of wood. [..] The waste produced from the product is reduced almost 0%.
Any remaining wood scraps are then re-enlisted as attractive little coasters -- another nice reuse idea.
As we can see with this project and others like it, the concept of "waste" is a matter of perspective. One person's trash is another person's raw material, and if we can think a little bit outside of the box, we can be that person who thinks resourcefully, rather than wastefully. More over at Hattern on Facebook and Behance.
[Via: Design Milk]