No time to waste
The STOOL exhibition is a unique collaboration between companies from design, furniture, production and environmental science presenting 13 very different designs and expressions of the same basic stool. All assembled with waste materials to minimize environmental impact.
From leftover fabrics to upcycled carpets and wood. Every waste material has been used to create both beautiful, functional and playful stool designs.
We believe collaboration is the way forward to achieve responsible solutions. The furniture industry also needs to change and reduce waste in the world. With this co-creation we want to inspire everyone to be more reflective both in terms of design, production and consumption. To aspire to change mindset, practices and processes and create a circular economy.
At the heart of our exhibition is the key objective to measure the CO₂ equivalents from each of the 13 stools, allowing us to compare the climate impact of the materials used in each design and expression. Explore how CO2₂-e measurements compare to each other and find out how big an impact choosing recycled materials have in comparison to virgin. We believe that by providing this transparency, we can encourage more sustainable practices in the furniture industry and help consumers make informed choices.
We all come with different approaches but with the same deep felt wish and profound curiosity: To experiment with materials, to learn more from each other and to learn even more together. We hope we will inspire you.
The co-creators are:
The Upcycl, Kvist Industries, Wedowood, Mumutane, Sofacompany, Mælbar, Warm Nordic, Paper Paste Living
The project idea and collaboration was initiated through the Circular Furniture Network & Circular Furniture Days.
A huge thank you to our collaborators for making it possible: Kvadrat, Waiting for monday, AB vandskærning, Stål & Form and Foreningen Maker.
Where to experience the exhibition:
The exhibition can be explored at Danish Architecture Center from June 6 until October 29.
Throughout 3 days of design from June 7 to 9 the exhibition will be showcased in the garden of the Design Museum Denmark, Bredgade 68.
#1 - 10 kg CO2eq
Inspiration: The Naked Truth with colours
Material: Upcycled pine wood made from scrap wood from Danish timber factories, treated with linseed oil.
The Naked truth stool is the foundation for all the other versions. Please read the direct climate impact on each stool in each material used.
Pine wood is known for its durability and flexibility - and loved for its highly aesthetic appeal. By using the scrap wood from other productions and turning it into furniture like these stools, we'll use its natural beauty and minimize the need for unnecessary wood production.
#2 - 34 kg CO2eq
Inspiration: Not just another stool
Material: Upcycled pine wood stool with a marble top made from waste from tabletop production. Treated with linseed oil.
Provided with a thick marble top the stool is now a side table, a night table or a small piece of furniture, both decorative and practical. Carry it with you in your home – or bring it outside to your balcony or terrace. The pink pine wood and the neat veins in the heavy marble create an interesting expression crammed with contrast. Also, use the stool as seating. The marble top is not affixed.
#3 - 36 kg CO2eq
Inspiration: Our Nordic Nature
Material: Upcycled pine wood stool with a patchwork cushion made of fabric waste from the textile industry. Treated with linseed oil.
A pine wood stool with many functions. The patchwork design is inspired entirely by the shapes of the fabric waste to eliminate any waste. The cushion core is made from waste material from rugs production pulverized and pressed again into thin plates and cut with a high pressure stream of water. Furthermore, the core is wadded with recycled polyester fibres. The Nordic nature colored fabric is woven from recycled polyester.
#4 - 19 kg CO2eq
Inspiration: What a waste!
Material: Upcycled pine wood stool with a corian top made from countertop cut-offs from the kitchen industry. Treated with linseed oil.
We've made a beautiful coffee table out of cut-offs incorporating different corian colors creating an upgrade to the classic furniture design. Enabling a quick change in the function of the furniture piece – and furthermore reducing the significant waste stream of cut-offs that accumulate during sink or hop installations.
#5 - 32 kg CO2eq
Inspiration: Clash of contrasts
Material: Upcycled pine wood stool with legs made of waste steel from production of wheelbarrows and a seat made of waste cork and rubber composite from pipe gasket production. Treated with linseed oil.
Combining sensuous with raw this stool is a wonderful clash of contrasts. Black burnt steel legs versus brown cork hues and a delicate tint of pink pine wood exposing its grains on seat and feet. Furthermore, mixing the soft cork with the black rubber granulate the material has an inviting tactility.
#6 - 19 kg CO2eq
Inspiration: The Princess and the Pea
Material: Upcycled pine wood stool with stacked seat cushions from leftover fabrics, filling of recycled carpets and treated with linseed oil.
What an eye-catcher this stool is. Stacked with seven seat cushions created with a wish to give you both a flexible and comfortable design for your stool and dining chairs. Not only serving you with many purposes but also allowing you to mix colors and patterns to create a unique look. A comfortable statement piece that'll spark conversation.
#7 - 35 kg CO2eq
Inspiration: A warm welcome
Material: Upcycled pine wood stool, upholstered with waste sheepskin and filling of waste foam granulate and fibertex. Treated with linseed oil.
This stool is the very symbol of hope. A dream of living in a world where nothing is going to waste. Come sit here with us and start dreaming. And do make yourself comfortable (almost) all wrapped in welcoming sheepskin.
#8 - 21 kg CO2eq
Inspiration: A perky paraphrase
Material: Upcycled pine wood stool and a cushion made from waste from rugs production. Treated with linseed oil.
A paraphrase of the bobbin lace and the old peasant furniture tradition creating a perky contrast to the slightly rough pine wood stool. Uniting it all in a light and humorous expression. The cushion is made from waste material from rugs production pulverized and pressed again into thin plates and cut with a high pressure stream of water.
#9 - 36 kg CO2eq
Inspiration: A fashionable and voluminous hat and skirt design
Material: Upcycled pine wood stool, waste fabric and treated with linseed oil.
This stool is a playful, fun and whimsical edition. Imagine having several layered 'hats' of colors and patterns that can easily be added or removed to your stool to create a variety of looks, and a personalized piece of furniture.
#10 - 10 kg CO2eq
Inspiration: The iconic Jane Fonda!
Material: Upcycled pine wood stool, waste yarn and treated with linseed oil.
This stool is caught between fashion and furniture. Just look at those stylish leg warmers. Celebrating playfulness by inviting everyone to express their unique style free from limitations of practicalities. Giving you a welcomed opportunity to involve your grandmother to show her talent of knitting.
#11 - 47 kg CO2eq
Inspiration: Floating expressions
Material: Upcycled pine wood stool, scraps of fabrics, and legs made of waste steel from the production of wheelbarrows. Treated with wood oil.
This bold and striking appearance comes from a desire to create a floating expression with scraps in multiple colors and lengths. Well, giving new life to materials that might otherwise go to waste is the whole idea, right?
#12 - 25 kg CO2eq
Inspiration: Naturalistic turned artistic
Material: Upcycled pine wood stool, patchwork from fabric waste of recycled polyester and waste from rugs production. Treated with linseed oil.
Artistic. Characteristic. And almost naturalistic where even the smallest bits of waste are transformed into cobalt blue fabric stems practically growing from the upholstered seat! The filling is made from waste material from the rugs production, pulverized and pressed again into thin plates and then topped with a layer of recycled polyester fibres.
#13 - 65 kg CO2eq
Inspiration: Balancing contrasts
Material: Upcycled pine wood, brass, recycled paper and legs made of waste steel from the production of wheelbarrows. Treated with linseed oil.
Focusing entirely on the sensory perception of the raw materials, this little masterpiece of furniture really rocks. The multi-functional lamp table finds a beautiful balance in the contrast between brass, black metal and pine wood. The delicate lamp shade is made from recycled paper.