Material

Styrofoam waste

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Recyclable 130 Recycled 130 Pigment 2

Styrofoam waste
Styrofoam waste
Styrofoam waste
Styrofoam waste
Styrofoam waste
Styrofoam waste
Styrofoam waste
Styrofoam waste
Styrofoam waste
Styrofoam waste
Styrofoam waste
Styrofoam waste
Styrofoam waste
Styrofoam waste
Styrofoam waste
Styrofoam waste
Styrofoam waste
Styrofoam waste
Styrofoam waste
Styrofoam waste
Styrofoam waste
Styrofoam waste
Styrofoam waste
Styrofoam waste

Photos: Masayuki Hayashi

Refoam

“Waste materials from Tokyo regarded as vernacular materials”
Refoam is a series of furniture pieces that attempt to reframe today's inappropriate and overly complex relationship between humans and materials. This project is part of we+'s research project, “Urban Origin”. By considering Tokyo as the origin of used materials, the project returns to the starting point of the relationship between humans and materials - "using vernacular materials and treating them simply with our own hands" - and explores new values for styrofoam.

Making process

“Simplifying the recycling flow and processing methods”
The material used is waste styrofoam that is collected in Tokyo. It is common for this material to be melted into ingots in intermediate treatment plants in Tokyo and its suburbs, and most are exported to Europe and SouthEast Asia. In these countries, they are treated into granules and then into inexpensive recycled plastic products, mainly from China. In Japan, these products are typically sold in 100 yen shops. Even though recycling rates are high, the process remains very complex, and the amount of transportation between countries is another problem. Refoam has therefore explored the possibility of making ingots in intermediate treatment plants for manufacturing furniture. The purpose of this project is to simplify the recycling process and, at the same time, to give a completely different value to styrofoam.

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Ingredients

Styrofoam waste, pigment