Published on : Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Ikea has unveiled a sleek new kitchen system, called the Kungsbacka units, made entirely from recycled plastic bottles and reclaimed industrial wood. Designed by Swedish studio Form Us With Love, each kitchen unit uses twenty-five plastic bottles.
The kitchen’s main structure is formed from reclaimed wood, while the coating is made from plastic bottles. The surface is finished in a dark grey matte that is meant to recall a nice black T-shirt. The studio wanted to create a timeless design by opting for a simple silhouette in a matt grey.
CEO for Form Us With Love, Jonas Pettersson says, “A plastic bottle is not waste; it is a resource. Most importantly, this kitchen proves that these materials can be used for household goods in large-scale production. We have to challenge the excuses for not using waste as a resource by showing how to best put these materials back into production, making affordable democratic products that will last.”
As with most IKEA kitchens, the cabinets are modular, so they can be arranged to fit any space. Shiny black Hackås handles contrast with the cupboards’ matt surface. According to Form Us With Love, the cabinets are expected to last for 25 years.