Flip-Flop Yourself Down in the Garden
April 26, 2010 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
From the land of string bikinis and the Samba, comes the Miss Rio Ottoman, an eco-friendly design crafted out of soft rubber from recycled flip flops. And this material is as raw as raw gets: in addition to keeping these industrial leftovers out of landfills, Miss Rio repurposes the soft rubber without any further manufacturing.
It’s also nice to know that you’re sitting on a socially conscious piece of furniture: in collaboration with the Gueto Company, Karin Wittmann Wilsmann’s design is manufactured by Brazilian social organizations that provide work for otherwise unemployed craftspeople from the local community.
Although Miss Rio is comfortable, firm seating, suitable for outdoor use, you might want to toss a cover over her when not there, as exposure to sunlight for extended periods may cause the colors to fade. One last note: watch out if you have small children around as the strips of EVA can be pulled out. But if any of this happens, just blame it on the bossa nova.
$350 from Design Within Reach