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That’s perhaps a bit unfair, as the PET from which designocrat Marcel Wanders’ prototype “Sparkle” chair is made may well come at least partly from recycled sources, for all I know. What I should say, really, is that the chair suggests direct recycling without actually doing so. It looks like it’s made from actual bottle parts, even though it isn’t. Which is a rather strange kind of eco-marketing, IMHO. Still, I like it as a purely aesthetic object. Is it because I’ve been programmed to desire bottled water, and thus respond favorably to an object that mimics its form even in a totally irrational way?

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Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.


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  1. Madelin Woods says:

    Wow, I love the bottle caps on the bottom of the chair’s legs.

  2. Stefan Antonowicz says:

    Me too! I think I’m going to make a table out of sandwiches to go with it.

  3. paolo- says:

    Hmmm I didn’t quite see it that way. When I first read your post I first thought it was a chair made out of non recycled glass (didn’t read well the PET part). Essentially, a very funny art piece taking a poke at greenwashing. But I’m kind of sad you’re giving this such bad press and reporting it in a very odd way.

    But I clicked the link and watched the video, aside from the yuppie host I think it’s a pretty cool chair. You must take into consideration that it’s a prototype and will probably seen mostly be seen by people really into design as I think this was at a big design show that took place recently. So I guess the guy IS taking a bit of poke at greenwashing and wants to convey what the chair is about really fast as people don’t have all day at every booth.

    BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY. He made it look like a sparkling water bottle because he’s using compressed air in the plastic to make it stronger thus making a chair that weights only 1kg. –> Maybe that’s the kind of cool ideas makers are interested in.

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