Grain: A Design Collective Re-imagines Recycled Materials

Grain: A Design Collective Re-imagines Recycled Materials

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Sarah Coffey
May 27, 2011

At ICFF this month, I discovered a few new green designers who are working with materials in unexpected ways. Grain is a collective of RISD graduates who now live and work in Bainbridge Island, Washington. The photo above shows a beautifully patterned object made of upcycled paper spools that once served as rods for fabric rolls.

With chipboard connectors, you can construct the modular parts into a room divider, a table base, or your own freeform artwork. The Cafe America Chair is another example of a product designed with repurposed materials — the seat is made from chain link fencing with a slight cushion, and Grain says it makes "a surprisingly comfortable indoor/outdoor chair."

Grain maintains an online shop, where you can see their full catalog. As a member of 1% for the Planet, they donate one percent of all sales to environmental causes.

SHOWN ABOVE
Spool Build-It-Yourself Modular System, $199
Cafe America Indoor/Outdoor Chair, $875
Bound Hand Mirror, $275
Chi Chi Fat Strand, $36
Electric Love Ring, $19
Solola Purse, $38
Ty Recyclable Shower Curtain, $30
Hung Mirror, $350
Bound Mirror, $750
Electric Love Bangle, $38

Images: Grain

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