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Waste-Integrated Furniture

Ilaria Bianchi's Upcycled Furniture Boasts Forms Made from Recycling

— September 2, 2015 — Eco
This waste-inspired furniture looks to promote sustainability without compromising or hiding the message through design. Sustainability is a very popular design theme, but often it is hidden inside a very sleek and polished form-- one designer chose not to conceal the object's origins and incorporate waste directly into the furniture.

Ilaria Bianchi released the 'CastAway' collection that features recycled or discarded items in an effort to be eco-friendly -- not hiding the items in the design, but featuring them prominently. Environmental awareness is often seen in various forms of art, and this collection emphasized the impact that the wasteful culture is having on the environment.

The collection features various pieces ranging from chairs to tables that all use items that are either recycled or discarded. The designer hopes to use this waste-inspired furniture to be an idea for change -- explicitly showing what each person can do if they reused these materials through creative design.
Trend Themes
1. Waste-integrated Design - Developing solutions that creatively incorporate recycled or discarded materials into products for a more sustainable future.
2. Upcycling - Transforming waste into valuable materials for new products that offer both aesthetic and environmental benefits.
3. Eco-friendly Furniture - Designing furniture that not only looks good, but also promotes a more sustainable culture by using upcycled and recycled materials.
Industry Implications
1. Furniture Manufacturing - By reducing raw material consumption, furniture manufacturers could profitably implement upcycling strategies.
2. Home Decor - Home decor companies could use upcycling materials to make eco-friendly products that appeal to environmentally-conscious consumers.
3. Interior Design - Interior designers could leverage waste-integrated design to design spaces that are not only aesthetically appealing, but also environmentally sustainable.
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