As part of a design competition organized by Lyon Design, entitled “Reinventing glass in urban space”.
I decided to work from a glass waste, exploring glass fines (residues not usable when recycling glass bottles). The aim of this approach to waste recycling by design is to create a recycling process with high added value, in order to encourage industries to reconsider their waste of noble material and to find an alternative to landfilling.
When recycling glass bottles, only one part is currently recovered and reused to make new bottles. ‘Glass fines’, for their part, are too small residues to be incorporated into the manufacture of new bottles.
I was interested in this 100% glass secondary raw material, in order to design an urban furniture: durable, inert, dense, heavy, solid…
Visualization of the optimized life cycle
This cycle highlights the creation of a circular economy loop.
This furniture project highlights a simple and inexpensive production process: an annealing oven and molds made of cheap material, like refractory plaster, concrete or cooking earth, to make glass objects.
‘Reinventing the use of glass in the city’.
Urban design / furniture concept in fine glass.
An inclined seat allows relaxation and exposure to the sun. It helps to enjoy a natural space, even for a short time, during a pose or a walk.
This green, monolithic urban furniture, consisting of two elements such as rocks camouflaged in an islet of greenery invites the city-dwellers to take new paths, to enjoy a space of tranquility within the city and to relax.
Photo : Pierre-Aymeric Dillies
Design exhibition : Lyon City demain, des idées pour mieux vivre la ville, 15 – 18 june 2017.
EnsadLab, research laboratory in art and design, Paris