Studio Jens Praet has developed an innovative and unique approach to the use of waste materials in furniture design. The Shredded Collection uses paper from discarded Elle Decor Magazines to create steady and practical furniture. We first spotted his work at Design Miami in December 2012.
Jens Praet is a Belgian designer based in Panzano in Chianti, Italy. His design studio works from a conceptual and artistic angle and focuses on contemporary culture while incorporating traditional hand crafting and avant-garde techniques.
As a reaction to the huge amounts of waste paper produced in offices, Shredded seeks to transform this abstract concept of re-purposing waste materials into a reality. Non-useful documents and leftover magazines are transformed into valuable and useful objects.
The paper strips are being mixed the confetti from shredded paper and resin into a mould and letting it harden to become rigid objects. This allows the waste materials to be reused and gives them a new purpose as practical building components.
The paper-resin composite boasts a firmness similar to wood and has a unique appearance. The collection demonstrates the diverse use and reuse of common materials such as paper, proving that there are a huge range of options available in terms of recycling.
Paper waste returns to our living or working area as functional furniture, bringing to mind just what little thought we give to general use of paper. All the pieces in the Shredded collection are available through Industry Gallery.