Fishing nets used to create a 3D printed chair
Recycled fishing nets and wood fibers were combined to create this 3D printed chair, designed by Swedish studio Interesting Times Gang. Developed as part of the Kelp collection, the furniture was originally commissioned by Michelin-starred chefs Niclas Jönsson and Daniel Höglander for their upcoming Stockholm restaurant, Black Milk Sushi. The chefs wanted something that matched the theme of the restaurant, but was out of the ordinary – and pushed the design studio to create something that had never been seen before.
With that memoir in mind, the designers turned to the ongoing climate crisis and began brainstorming ideas that would draw attention to the vast amounts of underwater kelp forests eradicated due to fishing practices. unsustainable and rising ocean temperatures.
“When designing the chair, I went back to the west coast of Sweden, where I am from. There, the archipelago has a very “soft” feel to it, which is ironic because it’s a very bare landscape – rounded red granite cliffs with few or no trees, then the contrast of blue water and all its inhabitants”, Alexander, design director told Westerlund.
“I wanted to give the design a feeling of constant water movement, looking down you see the kelp in the ocean moving and swaying. My goal was to make the chair look like it was over there, at the bottom of the ocean,” he added. “In a sense, the chair is a love letter to this environment.”
By opting for 3D printing in a combination of recycled fishing net and wood fiber materials, the team has created objects that can be ground up to create new biomaterials that can be reused over and over again, to create completely new objects in a closed design. loop.
As well as literally translating this theme using materials taken from the sea, Westerlund and his team used a form that gives the chair a “subtle dampening effect”, as if it were in motion. Its striking green color comes directly from the nets and ropes themselves, which came from Scandinavia and all over Europe. “We liked that the color stayed true to its origins,” Westerlund said.
Ocean plastic is a useful material for a growing number of designers and brands. Recently, Humanscale and Todd Bracher Studio launched a task chair that uses both ocean and ocean-related plastic and post-consumer recycled textiles.