Madeline Isakson Turns Trash Into Treasure With Furnishings Made From Waste Styrofoam

Detroit-based designer Madeline Isakson has mixed discovered styrofoam and aluminum to create a collection of furnishings items that talk to our throwaway tradition.

The “EPS” assortment, which stands for Expanded Polystyrene Sequence, options styrofoam that Isakson has collected over a time frame. The methods by which the random items puzzle collectively finally ends up producing the ultimate type of the lamps and chairs, and resembles the casing that shopper merchandise arrive in.

As soon as the items have been positioned within the desired assemblage, they’re solid in aluminum – giving a weight to the objects, whereas additionally elevating the waste materials hid beneath. For the lamp, a strip of LED lights is then fitted, and for the chair, cushion pads are utilized to the backrest and seat.

Conceptually, the items are an exploration into consumerisum and the worth we place on discarded supplies, and what tends to finish up in landfill. “We’re all conscious of the issues created by our tradition of consumerism,” Isakson says. “The purpose of this collection is to rethink the chances of what we previously thought-about ‘trash’ and create a brand new home aesthetic that sees magnificence and humor within the mundane. As soon as solid, the items provide a completely new materiality that however retains all of the marks and traces of its authentic kind, pushing viewers and customers to rethink the lifecycle of the issues we select to eat.”

These new items have been first introduced on the WantedDesign truthful in Manhattan earlier this week, the place Isakson’s work was chosen as certainly one of six finalists to be proven within the Rising Designer Showcase.

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