One man's trash: Artists transform office waste

26 : 11 : 2013 Office : Design : Sustainability

London – Now in its fourth year, the Waste Not, Want It initiative by Bloomberg Philanthropy invites emerging designers to its European headquarters to reclaim office waste and turn it into new products.

Each year, artists are commissioned to take Bloomberg’s discarded office paraphernalia, which can range from defunct computer mice and keyboards to cables and cardboard, and create new treasures such as seating, chandeliers and wall hangings. These are on display in the Bloomberg building.

Free Range by El Último Grito, for example, was made from 200kg of cardboard boxes to create a colourful desk and chair installation, while Faye Toogood used 400 broken LCD computer screens for her Digital Quartz sculpture.

Many of the upcycled materials have been used to create designs with a Neo Kitsch aesthetic. They are playful and bright reformulations of waste that transform it into high design.

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