When I attended Dwell on Design
last month in downtown Los Angeles, I did something you probably wouldn’t expect a blogger to do on the floor of the West Coast’s biggest modern home design show. I sat. And I sat a lot. Sure, I sat in on a couple of excellent panels on topics like the future of prefab building (I missed William McDonough’s keynote and trade show staple Ed Begley Jr.’s talk, sadly) but I also "tested out" a tons of seats of the non-folding chair variety.
From Plywood Office’s Hammy
hammock stand/planter/bench to Jory Brigham’s Comfortable Silence
planter/bench to EIS Studio’s playful layered plywood pebble seats
, it wasn’t entirely too difficult to locate an eye-catching indoor/outdoor seat worth hunkering down on for a few, especially around the Modern Living Showhouse
Although it wasn't the most comfortable-feeling or looking of the numerous seating arrangements on display at Dwell on Design, my favorite, in terms of aesthetics and innovative use of materials, was Trash Cube
, the fabulous Santa Monica-based purveyor of artisan-crafted architectural planters and outdoor furnishings and accessories. All Greenform products are made in the Swiss towns of Niederurnen and Payerne from 100 percent recyclable fiber cement — a mixture of cement, limestone powder, water, and cellulose and synthetic fibers).
The creation of Swiss industrial designer Nicholas Le Moigne
, each versatile and totally unique Trash Cube is made from the leftover fiber cement used to manufacture roofing tiles and other Greenform products. The process is simple: the scrap cement is rounded up and instead of discarded, put into a mold to dry, and then removed. The result? A compact (measuring 12 x 12 x 14 inches) but substantial (they each weigh 100 pounds) stool for your patio or garden that’s won’t rust, fade, or catch on fire. The cost? About $210, not too shabby for a durable, handmade-in-Switzerland stool made from recycled waste materials.
Check out the below video to learn more about the process behind Trash Cubes and head on over to Greenform for purchasing information
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