To infinity and beyond – Adrienn Veres’ recycled plastic chair – Contemporary Lynx
Adrienn Veres is the author of Infinity – the first prototype of an experimental furniture set made from 100% recycled plastic sheets.
Holder of a master’s degree in architecture from the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest (2019), Adrienn moved to the Netherlands to work at Precious Plastic. His main task was to design and organize the exhibition held in the workspace for Dutch Design Week in 2019. The exhibition presented the results of a year of research work by more than 100 international volunteers.
During this time, I learned about innovative recycling machines and followed the work of designers, who invented products and techniques to recycle plastic into precious objects. This experience had a big impact on me and I decided to pursue retraining full time. – recalls Adrienn.
In the project, the material is made from HDPE (polyethylene) plastic waste. The sorted and cleaned plastic is first shredded into small flakes and then pressed into sheets, using a semi-industrial sheet press. This technology makes it possible to produce furniture without generating waste during the production process. The remaining pieces, the leaf scraps can be shredded and pressed back into valuable planks. Once the chair’s life is over, it can be fully recycled with the same method.
HDPE is widely available, relatively inexpensive, has high tensile strength and is easy to work with. Due to heavy use (bottle caps, food and beverage containers, toys, etc.), the color palette is nearly endless. These characteristics make it ideal for furnishing, especially in public buildings, where objects are exposed to frequent use and replacement.
In the description of Infinity, Adrienn points out that she was pushing the limits of this material with her design. She wanted to create a very light stackable chair, which she achieved by bending the elements with a self-built bending machine. The knots formed from the bent pieces are strong and allow the use of panels as thin as 6mm. The chair can be assembled and disassembled with a simple screwdriver, which facilitates repair.
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