Made from scraps

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Ryan Frank is a South African born product designer with an obvious passion for sustainable design. He designs mostly furniture; my favourite piece is the Harvey stool. It uses layers of CNC machined waste wood including “a variety of ply, OBS and chipboard”. It’s interesting how this stool challenges the usual furniture aesthetic, although materials like chip board/MDF are often used in furniture they are usually hidden by paint or a veneer. I could understand if people think this stool is ugly however I think the fact that it’s such a cool idea and it’s environmentally friendly makes me see this as a really beautiful piece of furniture.

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I really like the way the machined layers have been built up to make the 3D form and the way he has used design to add value to the materials.

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Frank has also designed a coat/belt/accessory hanger made from compressed recycled newspapers that uses a sixties style print beautifully. As I mentioned in a previous post; prints are a great way to add another dimension to a product.

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