Thursday, July 12, 2007

Designer Recycling

Our friends at Ocean Design have moved into new premises in Cuba Street in Wellington. It's a great space occupying 3 levels of an old building in lower Cuba Street - opposite the old MED Building and Columbia Hotel.

Check out this great chair by renowned architect Frank Gehry which I saw in Ocean's new reception area. It is made from laminated layers of corrugated cardboard. While it might sound and look light and flimsy, it is very sturdy and quite comfortable in a firm-yet-springy way.

Frank Gehry is perhaps best known for the titanium-covered Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

Back to the chair, though, what do you think? A beautiful way to reuse those empty wine boxes, we reckon.

A company called Vitra makes the chair as well as other great furniture deigned by a huge array of designers and architects.

Note: You may have noticed this post has very little to do with wine (without the tenuous reference to wine boxes, maybe nothing!). That's fine with us if it's fine with you. We hope you share our passion for beautiful things.

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