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GREAT BRITAIN | STUDIO SWINE: THE SEA CHAIR 001: PORTHOWAN
‘Now and Then, How Sustainable was my Sustainability?’
In 2012, the world’s oceans already contained an alarming 100 million tons of plastic - a figure that was said to double in the next ten years. The plastic waste takes thousands of years to degrade, and acts as a sponge for anything toxic, poisoning the food chain with quadrillions of small nurdles and other micro-plastics that pose as tasty sea-creatures. Together with Kieren Jones London based design studio Studio Swine, founded by Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves, reconverted these nurdles into a Sea Chair, and designed equipment that could allow the local fishing industry in decline to produce objects from plastic debris on floating factory ships.
The research will be part of TOTAL CHANGE—NIEUWE GLOBAL GESTALTUNG #001
Also in 2012 the Sea Chair was selected as one of 100 projects that were highlighted in Form Follows Foco, a groundbreaking exhibition and publication in which Max Borka and Mapping The Design World gave a worldwide overview of what was happening in the field of Social Design. Five years later, Borka and Mapping went on the search for what happened to these 100 projects. A Work in Progress of which the exhibition Now and Then, How Sustainable was my Sustainability? shows the first results at the state of DESIGN, BERLIN 2017 festival.
This is what Studio Swine replied to the question how the project was doing:
(…) Since then (we) kickstarted an expedition to join a sailing vessel to explore the North Atlantic Gyre and created a new machine for melting plastic. We exhibited at Selfridges ultra lounge to coincide with the department store banning all single use plastic water bottles throughout their whole store. (…)
Alexander & Azusa