SURFACE DESIGNER SAM LANDER CREATES UNIQUE FURNITURE FROM RECYCLED POLYSTYRENE

08.04.2019

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Sourcing 100% waste polystyrene packaging from commercial outlets, Sam has discovered the amount of polystyrene that businesses discard on a day to day basis.

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The material is melted down in a chemical which splits up the long chain of molecules in polystyrene causing a physical reaction to take place. This transforms the material’s state from an air packed solid into a dense liquid form allowing for a kneading process, facilitating the chemical evaporation into the atmosphere.

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As the material is very malleable in this altered state, it can be formed into various types’ furniture but always reacts in different ways creating a bespoke organic aesthetic.

Each layer goes through a process of evaporation / compression and the polystyrene is layered up like a ‘ply’ to create a stronger structural material. Bonding the material is easy as the polystyrene becomes almost like glue when its chain of molecules have been broken up.

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