This Sofa Repurposes Old Balenciaga Clothing As Stuffing

published Jun 29, 2020
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Credit: Harry Nuriev/Balenciaga

You’ve heard of puffer jackets made of old water bottles. But there are other ways to recycle and repurpose materials into new objects, like, for example, stuffing a couch with old designer clothes.

A collaboration between Balenciaga and artist Harry Nuriev, founder of Crosby Studios, the sofa features a transparent vinyl exterior stuffed with old Balenciaga clothing. It was originally created for Design Miami in December 2019.

In a press release, Balenciaga explains, the piece of functional artwork “reimagines a sofa — the center of so many homes — as an example of environmentally conscious design, giving generations of garments and other materials another life.

“The oblong sofa — inspired by typical overstuffed recliners — is upholstered with damaged or otherwise unsellable garments and off-cuts from obsolete stocks of Balenciaga clothing, encased by scrappy transparent vinyl. Patterns, cuts, and tags within the stuffing are recognizably Balenciaga, a mix of past seasons and ideas.”

The sofa — whose silhouette Nuriev told Vogue was inspired by the one in his childhood home in late-’90s, early 2000s Russia — is stuffed with “damaged or otherwise unsellable garments and off-cuts” from Balenciaga, and encased in transparent vinyl. According to dezeen, the vinyl is more specifically Bopp film, a material that will biodegrade over time. 

The fashion brand says the piece is “intended to encourage sustainable practices within design and elsewhere […and] reflects Balenciaga’s recognition of the responsibility designers have to counterbalance their environmental impact, and dedication to implementing programs that upcycle waste and contribute to a circular economy.”