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Check Out This Amazing Furniture Made From Dirt
April 26, 2013
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The phrase dull as dirt doesn't apply here.

An Israeli designer has created an entire line of earth and natural fibre furniture, made from soil and plant matter.

For Adita Ela, you could say Earth Day is every day.

A self-described "designer-gatherer", she bases her constructions on compression techniques used for ancient buildings. And what's more, her designs are totally disposable - in the best sense of the word.

Ela was inspired by throwaway clay cups, which became earth when people tossed them out. She wanted furniture that could do the same.

Each piece in her compost Terra collection (comprising stools and lamp shades) is made using zero energy and can be produced, by hand, anywhere organic waste is available - which is to say everywhere.


Similar to wine-making, Ela first stomps her materials, taken from an area near her Israeli studio, and then turns them into a usable form.

Her unique designs also include "pataTotal", which are potato-based edible dishes that are a sustainable alternative to paper plates.

On the subject of food, a Belgian designer Carl de Smet has come up with furniture creations that morph into shape like popcorn.

You plug it in, watch it expand and shape it however you want.

It's made from memory polyurethane, a fibre that expands when heated. It was originally designed by NASA scientists in the 60s to absorb shock and offer improved protection and comfort for airplane seats.


And unlike a coffee table you might scuff with a vacuum cleaner, this furniture can be melted down and reformed in minutes - none the worse for wear. The artist tells the architecture and design magazine Dezeen, "It's light, so for shipping it's almost taking up no space."

According to de Smet, chairs can be reduced in size by 20 times smaller, as the material is a cellular structure filled with air, that can be collapsed into slab form.

And don't worry if your furniture is stuck in a delivery van in July - it's designed to expand at an incredibly hot 70C degrees. Says de Smet: "we don't want the furniture to pop like popcorn."

via grist.org


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