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Designer upcycles glossy mags into eye-catching furniture


December 11, 2012

Close-up of the Shredded Table (Photo: Theo van Pinxteren/Industry Gallery)

Close-up of the Shredded Table (Photo: Theo van Pinxteren/Industry Gallery)

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What would you do with 64 kg (140 lb) of discarded glossy magazines? That was the question posed of Belgian designer Jens Praet when he got together with Elle Magazine. His response? Make furniture.

With the addition of clear resin, Praet was able to mold the shredded magazines into five pieces of household furniture: a table, a low table, a pair of book shelves, and a bench.

The most substantial item is the table, made from 26 kg (57 lb) of magazines. While the bench is the slightest, made from only 3 kg (7 lb) of paper, Praet claims it is capable of supporting an adult.

The overall visual effect is striking: predominantly monotone but with flecks of color. From a distance, it looks rather like granite.

The full set (Photo: Theo van Pinxteren/Industry Gallery)

This is not the first time we've seen furniture made from recycled paper, though here the effect is rather more aesthetically pleasing than Push Design's office furniture, admittedly from 2007.

These are limited edition pieces for the Industry Gallery, so if you were wondering where to put your Pulpop, your quest does not end here. Design Milk reports that the project is a collaboration with Elle Decor.

Sources: Jens Praet, Industry Gallery, Design Milk

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I use cinder blocks and 1x4s and I would not let that stuff in my house.


Nice effect, interesting looks. Simplicity at its best.

And thanks to the Author for not subjecting us readers to the "s - word" as there is truly enough sustaina-babble going around nowadays.

There being recycled paper in the pieces, I was waiting for that word to pop up, and I'm sure there will be other people reporting on this and touting it as a great way to recycle paper, which for many reasons this is not.


Encapsulating things in clear resin is a well-known trick. A person could do all sorts of things: you could make a really weak framework out of coat hanger wire, or even old thin twigs, and encapsulate it in clear resin and it would look pretty cool. Or take a nasty old beat down farm table, or else make something from an old sheet of wall paneling - encapsulated it would also look really neat. One restaurant I used to go to had made a series of tables out of old rotten hollow tree stumps filled with moss and other natural things and lit from within by a light bulb, they were really neat tables to eat off!


looks good but I'm not sure this is good recycling practice

Gavin Roe

And the "clear resin"? What is that made of. Is it sustainable? They are beautiful, though.

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