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artist spotlight: tobais juretzek

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German designer Tobais Juretzek creates furniture using old clothes. yes – furniture made out of clothes! to make just one chair, he compresses about 13 pounds of clothing. the project is titled “Rememberme” – it is about continuous reinvention, relationships and appreciation.

Rememberme addresses current social issues about sustainability.  our society, along with other global societies, has a tendency towards forgetfulness. when a new, cool trend comes out – whatever it may be – we forget about what we already own and consume that brand new thing. Tobais uses all kinds of recycled clothes – jeans, t-shirts, jackets – even articles from his own closet in his art furniture.

the concept of Rememberme also highlights the memories we associate with clothes. we all have those pieces in our closet that remind us of a special or poignant occasion. once an article of clothing has worn out, that memory can be saved in a functional and sustainable way.  

the process begins with soaking each item in resin, and then compressing them into a mold to dry.  the end product can support the weight of an average adult, which is extremely impressive when you realize you’re sitting on clothing.  

this kind of sustainable design raises different questions. such as, while the clothing is getting a second life as a piece of furniture, couldn’t the clothes also be given away to someone who actually needs them? what do you think?

images via designboom

– smiley

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