Sunday, February 6, 2011

Trash to Furniture

First project for the first half of the semester, pick a recyclable material (plastic, aluminum, carboard, etc.) that you can find being recycled in Florence and honor that material by creating it into something else. For this project I and my partner Martha are choosing to use carboard boxes and other packaging material in order to create a cube table.

At first Martha had the idea to use fruit crates thrown out by vendors in order to construct our base and surface of our table, but after additional thinking and sketching above we decided it might be hard to incorporate such a study material with cardboard so the idea of creating something strictly out of cardboard came about. That way the material can shine on its own and the furniture piece will be light weight to carry to class through the city. Also the original design had used CDs on the surface to add aesthetic, but instead we decided to substitute that for packaging box strips and squares which we will puzzle piece together on the surface of the table and stippling down the sides. I feel that this method will be very rewarding having something entirely out of cardboard material rather than mixing materials.

Cardboard and other recyclable materials.

Boxes I collected from trash and recycling around Florence, it is just like dumpster diving for a studio in Greensboro only the tourists look at you funny and the polizia just shake their heads.

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