Having landed in Los Angeles yesterday afternoon for this year’s Dwell on Design
conference, the West Coast
’s big home design show, I thought it would only be appropriate to feature a green design item with distinctly L.A. origins — even though I spotted said item this past May at ICFF
, the East Coast’s
big design show. And then there’s the fact that the firm responsible for this remarkable work of green design, the always fabulous Grain Design
, isn’t even based in L.A. but in Bainbridge Island, Wash. But whatever, it’s still eco-inventive and has Southern Californian roots.
, this visually arresting modular system allows users to get creative and build structures — table bases, screens, partitions, etc. — using recycled cardboard microfiber spools salvaged from the Los Angeles apparel industry and 100 percent post-consumer chipboard connectors.
According to the folks at Grain Design, each spool “has a random graphic pattern that indicates which type of fiber they once held.” Each Spool building kit includes 240 recycled spools and 520 connectors that can build a structure about 55” H x 40”W x 7” D. At the end of its life, the whole shebang can be recycled.
As mentioned, unlike most Grain Design products — including the also new Bound Wall Mirror
and the previously-mentioned-on-MNN Ty Recyclable Shower Curtain
and Electric Love ring
— Spool is a product of Southern California, not the Pacific Northwest but the always ecologically and socially conscious design firm has partnered with a nonprofit that sources cast-off manufacturing materials to help give them a useful, second life.
Grain Design's Spool kits are available
over at the Grain online shop
for $199. Like what you see? Be sure to keep up with the latest news from Grain Design over at the firm's blog
Image: Grain Design