The fully circular Afterlife collection from Supernovas, designed in collaboration with Odd Matter, champions reuse and sustainable design
A new collection of playful, stackable benches and crates made from recycled plastic has been has been created by London and Milan-based circular design brand Supernovas in collaboration with Rotterdam-based design studio Odd Matter. Named Afterlife, the 100% recycled furniture collection is also fully recyclable, through a process bringing together different types of manufacturing techniques.
Chunky and rounded in form, the colours of the furniture pieces range from bold pinks to pastel yellows, and will evolve depending on the colourways available in waste streams throughout the year. Due to its recycled nature, the material takes on a speckled appearance which resembles granite.
Plastic waste from bottles, packaging, toys, gas and water pipes was used to create the new pieces, which aim to be aesthetically desirable and fun whilst also being flexible in functionality and promoting the circular economy.
An innovative combination of three manufacturing techniques was used to produce the objects, including rotomoulding, pressing and 3D printing. The design and manufacturing technique ensure each piece is easy to assemble and disassemble – as well as to stack.
All the products created by Supernovas are made with 100% recycled mono-materials, with no use of glue, meaning items can later be fully recycled or repurposed. Through a new programme launched by the company called Streaming, customers are encouraged to swap or return their products as their lifestyle or tastes change, ensuring the materials will not become waste again. Hooray!
Images courtesy of Supernovas