Barcelona is full of furniture, why more than any other city you might ask? Well we’re not sure, but it is actually a phenomenon of the city that as you walk through its streets you often come across perfectly good or perfectly mendable chairs or tables just sitting on the pavement with apparently nowhere to go but the rubbish dump. We’re not sure if the Barcelonians are just particularly keen on updating the old with the new or whether people move flats so often that they can’t be bothered to take their furniture with them. But a group of recycling-minded young folk have taken it upon themselves to do something creative with this pavement treasure trove. They go by the name of Joystick and to date they have held three exhibitions to promote the reuse of trash and we particularly like their ideas.The latest being instructions of how to leave furniture on the street so that others know they can take it and reuse it.
INSTRUCTIONS TO LEAVE OLD FURNITURE ON THE STREET:
1. WHEN YOU THROW AWAY A PIECE OF FURNITURE OR AN ELECTRICAL APPLIANCE, PUT A PIECE OF PAPER EXPLAINING IF IT WORKS OR NOT, OR WHAT'S WRONG WITH IT, AND INVITE PEOPLE TO TAKE IT HOME WITH THEM.
2. IF THE PIECE OF FURNITURE HAS DIFFERENT PARTS, PUT THEM ALL TOGETHER.
3. TRY NOT TO RUIN THE PIECE OF FURNITURE WHEN YOU TAKE IT OUT OR YOU DISMANTLE IT. IF YOU THINK IT CAN RAIN, IT WOULD BE GOOD TO COVER IT WITH SOME PLASTIC.
4. IF YOU ARE THROWING AWAY SMALL OBJECTS, DON'T PUT THEM INSIDE THE CONTAINER, THE BEST THING TO DO IS TO PUT THEM ABOUT ONE METER FROM THE CONTAINER SO THEY DON'T GET DIRTY.
This project was provoked by the city authorities clamp down on furniture litter, asking people to phone for a truck to do a pick up and take it straight to the dump. Joystick tell us ‘Your trash is not trash, we want to expand the current campaigns on conscious consumption and take them one step further, conscious waste. We believe that if you have a chair or something that you don't want anymore, but it works or can be easily repaired, instead of destroying it in the waste process, it should be treated with care and respect, so that someone else can find it on the street, take it home and make good use of it.’ The campaign took the form of posters which they posted on all the rubbish bins in the streets.
We also really like a previous Joystick project with the fantastic title of : ‘Thanks to the trash that has given me so much’. This was another very effective rubbish bin poster campaign based on the aesthetics of Ikea ads, featuring images of reused furniture.
While the concept of recycling is now prevalent in our western societies, it is normally seen as being to do with consumables such as paper, plastic and glass, which will go into secondary materials. So it is great to see people like Joystick coming up with inventive and witty ideas to create awareness about recycling or reusing objects with longer life spans. We also like the fact that even if recycling is not for you by giving instructions on how to leave unwanted furniture in the street they are encouraging you to give other people the opportunity to create something new from something you don’t want anymore. ::Joystick Joystick Trash projects: ::Trash project ::Trash-reuse in your life ::Trash(bis)
[Leonora & Petz]