eWoven Chair

Upcycled furniture design with Kate Shaw

I had an idea. Kate is an amazing weaver and design thinker. I was curious. We decided to test out some ideas and co-create upcycled furniture using e-waste—old electrical wiring and cables. We collected the e-waste materials from friends, online sources, thrift stores, and e-waste centers. Kate wove some e-waste textile samples (not show here. They are beautiful, though.) A year later, the perfect trash appeared—an old metal framed chair destined for the landfill. Its original woven seating had reached its end of life. But the metal frame had not. Nor did all of the speaker wire, audio cables, telephone cord, and other e-waste discarded. Plastics and metal consumer goods require a lot of raw materials and energy up front to manufacture. It's a complete shame that so much ends up in a landfill only to sit there for decades, possibly centuries when it could instead offer a sustainable solution for extending the life of consumer materials in a different way. Previous owners of such products did what most of us do—they threw the materials away because they couldn't use it anymore. Yet the material is very much usable with some creative thinking and circular economy in mind. Kate Shaw is the master-mind behind the weaving plan and design. I collaborated with vision and production assistance. 

INDEPENDENT PROJECT 2017-2018 + MATERIAL DESIGN RESEARCH

Weaver of Magic Kate Shaw