Published on : Monday, September 18, 2017
Ahead of the London Design Festival 2017, new start-up brand Pentatonic is introducing a range of furniture and products created from food, electrical, plastic and textile waste. The company, led by Jamie Hall and Johann Boedecker, is working with an adapted injection-moulding process to transform waste materials into homeware.
Pentatonic will launch its first collection of customisable flat-packed furniture, all made entirely from recycled materials, at this year’s LDF.
When it comes to making the furniture, the type of rubbish used is determined by its properties. Typical examples include smartphones, cans and cigarette butts. The studio explains, “Subject to what product, finish or performance we are looking for, we select trash based upon its properties and application possibilities, and then apply this technology using a number of precision manufacturing processes.”
With plastic, the waste is washed and sorted before being shredded into pellets, to create a new material ready to be formed into furniture. Chairs and tables are designed to be assembled without the need for tools – instead, the components themselves aid the construction of each piece. This means waste is minimised, and no toxic glues or resins are nececssary.
Through their new venture, Hall and Boedecker are trying show how products can be produced from recycled materials on a large scale. The company is introducing a “circular economy” system. Customers can sell back pieces of their furniture to Pentatonic, so that they can be recycled and reintroduced into the supply chain.