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Refoam Stool

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Previously shown at Basel 2022.

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Description/

Refoam is a series of furniture pieces that attempts to reframe today’s inappropriate and overly complex relationship between humans and materials. This project is part of we+’s research project, “Urban Origin”. The material used is waste styrofoam that is collected in Tokyo. In most cases, these are melted into ingots in intermediate treatment plants in Tokyo and its suburbs, and most are exported to Europe and SouthEast Asia. In these countries, they are treated into granules and then into inexpensive recycled plastic products, mainly from China. Typically, these products can be found in 100 yen shops in Japan. Even though recycling rates are high, the process remains very complex, and the amount of transportation between countries is another problem. Refoam has therefore explored the possibility of making ingots in intermediate treatment plants for manufacturing furniture. The purpose of this project is to simplify the recycling process and, at the same time, to give a completely different value to styrofoam. By considering Tokyo as the origin of used materials, the project returns to the starting point of the relationship between humans and materials – “using indigenous materials and treating them simply with our own hands” – and explores new values for styrofoam.


we+

designer

we+ is a contemporary design studio established in 2013 by Toshiya Hayashi and Hokuto Ando. They give form to new perspectives and values through unique production methods and means of expression, developed on the basis of extensive research and experimentation. Their self-initiated works are represented by Spazio Rossana Orlandi in Milan and Galerie Philia in New York. In addition to exhibiting their works internationally, they undertake commissioned projects for companies and other organisations, including installation, branding, product development, and graphic design. Utilizing the strengths of each member based on their diverse backgrounds and the knowledge gained from daily research, the studio continues to grow and diversify.

  • Date/

    2022

  • Color/

    Grey

  • Edition/

    Limited

  • Exclusive/

    Yes

  • Material/

    Plastic

  • Dimension/

    38.0 x 39.0 x 38.0 cm (15.0 x 15.4 x 15.0 in)

  • Style/

    Contemporary

  • Ships from/

    Japan

  • Made to order/

    Yes

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