These designers use 3D printing robots to turn city plastic waste into beautiful public furniture
That bottle of detergent you tossed in the recycling could one day turn into furniture instead of ending up in a landfill, if The New Raw was successful. The Netherlands-based studio seeks to turn waste into raw materials, with its innovative material sorting system and massive robotic 3D printers that efficiently turn plastic waste into some of the finest furniture ever. The Pots Plus, presented here, absolutely reinvent what recycled plastic bottles are capable of. What was once a container for chemical detergents, soaps or solvents, is now transformed into an artistically fluid piece of furniture that accommodates humans and plants, with its amoeboid design that is a cross between a lounge chair and a large planter!
The transformation is not only material, it is also philosophical. The mass-produced shampoo / detergent bottles containing chemicals, a perfect example of capitalist use and spray culture, are turned into street furniture that welcomes humans and plants, and is designed to actually help the public as well as the environment. This design process relies on an extremely complex material handling system that The New Raw has perfected in its Rotterdam-based studio. Founded in 2015 by architects Panos Sakkas and Foteini Setaki, the studio aims to breathe new life into discarded materials through design, robots and craftsmanship. In all respects, it is the antithesis of consumerism. The benches are not mass produced, but are painstakingly made one by one. They are made from recycled materials, are designed with the public welfare in mind, and most importantly, they are built to last.
Benches come in a variety of organic shapes, designed around human contours and proportions. Designed to accommodate human bodies in relaxed positions, Pots Plus create new work and leisure spaces, replacing benches in public spaces. Designed for halls, libraries, airports and many other spaces where people rest, wait and work, the benches have enough space for humans as well as their personal belongings, like their small bags, laptops, tablets , books, coffee cups, etc.
What’s fascinating about Pots Plus (and all of The New Raw’s work) is its scale. The 3D printing robots they use are not your ordinary office printers or even industrial printers. They are developed in-house by The New Raw to meet their larger-than-life needs, and the results are simply breathtaking, as if they were rotational molded. The furniture, however, is covered with a set of horizontal “stepped” lines, a texture detail common to all 3D printed objects. Instead of removing texture using sandpaper, primers, heat guns, and more, The New Raw celebrates these lines as a way to show just how capable their massive 3D printing robots are. .
On one side of the Pots Plus is a large opening to add a planter, which gives the cabinet a touch of vibrant green and reinforces its eco-friendly approach. Each bench then becomes a place not only for humans to rest but also for plant growth, transforming common public furniture into a place of fresh greenery ideally located to provide a shade awning while someone is resting as well. on the bench !
Creators: Panos Sakkas and Foteini Setaki (The New Raw)