Shredded Furniture by Jens Praet

 Shredded Collection. Manufactured by Wandschappen for studio Jens Praet.  All image credits: Theo van Pinxteren, Courtesy of Industry Gallery

Shredded Collection. 
All image credits: Theo van Pinxteren, Courtesy of Industry Gallery

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.

SHREDDED TABLE ( Elle Decor Collection ) Materials: Shredded Elle Decor Magazines magazines, clear resin. Dimensions: 750 x 1800 x 800 mm (h x w x d). Production: Edition of 8 + 2AP + 2P 2012, studio Jens Praet for Industry Gallery DC & LA Manufactured by Wandschappen for studio Jens Praet. All image credits: Theo van Pinxteren, Courtesy of Industry Gallery


SHREDDED TABLE ( Elle Decor Collection ) Materials: Shredded Elle Decor Magazines magazines, clear resin. All image credits: Theo van Pinxteren, Courtesy of Industry Gallery

All image credits: Theo van Pinxteren, Courtesy of Industry Gallery

All image credits: Theo van Pinxteren, Courtesy of Industry Gallery

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.

Shredded Library

SHREDDED LIBRARY ( Elle Decor Collection ). Materials: Shredded Elle Decor Magazines magazines, clear resin. All image credits: Theo van Pinxteren, Courtesy of Industry Gallery

SHREDDED LIBRARY ( Elle Decor Collection )All image credits: Theo van Pinxteren, Courtesy of Industry Gallery

SHREDDED LIBRARY ( Elle Decor Collection )
All image credits: Theo van Pinxteren, Courtesy of Industry Gallery

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.

SHREDDED LOW TABLE ( Elle Decor Collection ). Materials: Shredded Elle Decor Magazines magazines, clear resin. Dimensions: 160 x 1200 x 400 mm (h x w x d). Production: Edition of 8 + 2AP + 2P 2012, studio Jens Praet for Industry Gallery DC & LA. Manufactured by Wandschappen for studio Jens Praet. Photography Credits: All image credits: Theo van Pinxteren, Courtesy of Industry Gallery

SHREDDED LOW TABLE ( Elle Decor Collection ). Materials: Shredded Elle Decor Magazines magazines, clear resin. All image credits: Theo van Pinxteren, Courtesy of Industry Gallery

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.

Materials:Shredded Elle Decor Magazines magazines, clear resin Dimensions: 450 x 900 x 350 mm (h x w x d) Production: Edition of 8 + 2AP + 2P 2012, studio Jens Praet for Industry Gallery DC & LA Manufactured by Wandschappen for studio Jens Praet Photography Credits: All image credits: Theo van Pinxteren, Courtesy of Industry Gallery

SHREDDED TABLE AND HIGH BENCH. Materials: Shredded Elle Decor Magazines magazines, clear resin. All image credits: Theo van Pinxteren, Courtesy of Industry Gallery

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.

SHREDDED HIGH BENCH ( Elle Decor Collection )Materials: Shredded Elle Decor Magazines magazines, clear resin Dimensions: 450 x 900 x 350 mm (h x w x d) Production: Edition of 8 + 2AP + 2P 2012, studio Jens Praet for Industry Gallery DC & LA Manufactured by Wandschappen for studio Jens Praet Photography Credits: All image credits: Theo van Pinxteren, Courtesy of Industry Gallery

SHREDDED HIGH BENCH ( Elle Decor Collection ). Materials: Shredded Elle Decor Magazines magazines, clear resin. All image credits: Theo van Pinxteren, Courtesy of Industry Gallery

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.

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Recycled Fruit Bowls Made From Twisted Paper

Afghan recycled fruit bowls made out of twisted paper, in Newtown in Sydney.

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Folklore – Better Living by Design

Folklore is a beautiful new shop right up our street – literally. It may be a little difficult to find at first, wedged in between two Gill Wing stores and boasting an antique sign which reads 193 BERWIC rather than Folklore.

On my second visit I almost got lost, failing to notice it due to its inconspicuous shop front. However, after spotting the paper and crotchet lampshades in the window I was reminded why it had initially caught my eye.

They later explained that they had kept the old sign allowing it to add to the character of the shop while corresponding with their philosophy of sustainability.

The Cabinet – designed and made in collaboration with the Hendzel + Hunt studio in South London. Constructed from reclaimed birch ply. Available exclusively from Folklore.

Danielle Reid and her husband Rob opened the shop on Islington’s trendy Upper Street 1 month ago. The couple started the company, based on the belief that better living is possible through design. They curate a selection of pieces by a mix of designers, makers and craftsmen and try to source locally where possible.

Everything inside Folklore is either handmade, antique or made from recycled or found materials. Others are easily recyclable at the end of their life. All are made in an environmentally mindful way. Danielle strongly believes that ecology and ethics are integral to design and there is a theme throughout the shop which emphasises the importance of being environmentally mindful.

As recycling becomes more mainstream and becomes the norm, recycled goods and furniture are becoming more beautiful in their own right. Folklore paves the way for sustainable living and proves that recycling can be elegant by exploring diverse styles and uses of materials.

You can also like Folklore on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Pinterest.