Dala by Stephen Burks: Outdoor Furniture Made From Recycled Food Packaging

Dala by Stephen Burks: Outdoor Furniture Made From Recycled Food Packaging

Linda Ly
May 17, 2012

What you see here is garbage. Literally. It's the work of New York designer Stephen Burks, who created a colorful new collection called Dala for German outdoor furniture line Dedon.

Dala was inspired by the concept of "improvised seating" — a casual approach to social gathering by rearranging pieces as needed to suit the space and mood. So if the party's over by the pool, throw down an ottoman or two. If the host is cooking up a feast, pull up a chair to chitchat by the grill.

The collection includes a lounge chair, ottoman, stool, and side tables. Each piece is hollow with a lightweight aluminum frame. Strips of synthetic fiber (made from recycled food and drink packaging and recyclable polyethylene) are handwoven through the frame in a palette of Sea (blues with white frame), Grass (green with green frame), and Fire (red with black frame).

Burks works directly with weavers in the company's community-minded factory in the Philippines, each of whom puts a personal variation in the weaving, making every Dala piece unique.

See more of Dedon's furniture collections on their website.

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(Images: Dedon)

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