UK design group Re-Worked has found another quite unexpected use for coffee grounds: make them into chairs! They've created Çurface, a new material and surfacing product made from recycled coffee grounds and post-consumer plastic waste. The material can be used for a variety of surface applications, but the company has started by making chair backs and seats. They showed off these chairs and a table made with Çurface in March at Ecobuild 2010 in London.
Re-Worked explains the construction behind Çurface on their website:
Recycled coffee sheeting is 2000mm by 1000mm in size, and comes in a range of thicknesses: 5, 12, 18 and 25mm.
Çurface: sheets share many of the characteristics of composite wood-based boards, so most woodwork tools can be used as long as they are sharp.
Çurface:urface sheeting is supplied with a mat press finish and should require no finishing. Scratches can be carefully sanded out with a fine grade of paper.
Çurface:urface requires little maintenance- any surface dirt can easily be removed using a mild detergent and warm water. (Not suitable for the use of solvents)
Çurface:urface sheets must not be exposed to excessive heat or to the prolonged application of boiling water as this will melt and, eventually, burn the material.
See more at Re-Worked.