May 26, 2018 | Furniture
Trash, An Inspiring Project by Alia Gelbana
“Trash”, it might be an odd name for a furniture design piece, and yet, it might be an odd name for anything other than the waste. An Egypt based product designer, Alia Gelbana had this very inspiring and meaningful thought to transfer trash into something colorful, elegant and long-lasting object. She created the stool’s top with unique patterns by heating and compressing wasted plastic. And then, placing these beautiful art pieces onto a three-leg wooden base to make a simple stool.
Plastic has already set its root in everyday use. It is strong, lightweight, flexible, relatively inexpensive and moisture resistant. Those are the attractive qualities that lead us becoming such a voracious appetite and an over-consumption of plastic goods. Unfortunately, the durability of plastic pays a price. It is very slow to degrade, and due to the massive usage in the production of many goods, ultimately, some become the waste that lasting forever in our environment. Furthermore, increasingly over-consuming, discarding, littering and thus polluting has become a combination of lethal nature. And there might not even be an ultimate solution to completely replace plastic. Some countries don’t even have the concept to limit the usage of this non-eco-friendly material. Therefore, The Designer’s idea might be able to solve the problem from the root. Changing the short initial life of plastic into a long-term creative product.
Alia thinks that exploring the beauty within trash provides an envisioning potential for such material like plastic by embracing its imperfections. The best solution will be converting the imperfection of the trash to a positive attribute for the environment we live in.
A simple inspirational design can lead to something greater good. We only have one earth to share with and if we can’t find the best solution to replace plastic yet, we should think of a process that expands its lifespan in order to reduce its hazardous impact to our environment.