Colorful Outdoor Poufs From Post-Consumer Waste
April 23, 2013 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
I spotted and fell in love with these colorful outdoor poufs for which Australian designer Cindy-Lee Davies utilizes post-consumer waste, employing traditional crocheting techniques to weave nylon equestrian ropes over old tires.
Whimsically called Tis Knot, the covers are fully washable, color fast, and UV resistant so they’re easy to care for and love living outdoors–though they’d be equally comfy indoors.
“These pieces exploit material and pop culture references to highlight awareness of larger environmental issues at play in the creation and disposal of lifestyle consumer goods,” says Davies of her product collections.
For her company, Lightly, Davies creates a range of made to order items made primarily in Australia, including some fabulous floor mats and a wall collection refashioned from discarded saucers.
I’m reminded of student designer René Olivier’s Tyre Furniture Collection which I saw at the London Design Festival last fall. Greeting visitors at the entrance to designjunction, a huge gorilla made entirely of old tires was a favorite backdrop for photos, including my own.