The Sea Chair Project, created by British artists Studio Swine and Kieren Jones, turns small plastic nuggets polluting the ocean into sleek, three-legged chairs with beachy/industrial appeal.
The project originated as a response to the problem of plastic particles, or “mermaid’s tears,” which accumulate in waterways every year. These nurdles (yes, that’s the technical term) measure about 4 millimeters in diameter and enter the sea through spills and poor storage in factories, combining with other materials to form a pollution soup that doesn’t sink and takes thousands of years to degrade.
Studio Swine and Jones used an old tin-panning sluicing machine called The Nurdler to sift sea sludge and separate out the plastic and wood. The artists then dried, heated and pressed the resulting solids into chair components.
The first Sea Chair, unveiled at Milan Design Week 2012, was produced with plastic taken from Porthowan Beach in the U.K. Each chair is tagged with the geographical coordinates of its sea plastic and carries the unique stamp of its surroundings; some are dark black from oil pollution, while others are white, red or speckled with blue and green.
The project also hopes to revitalize the struggling fishing industry, turning boats into chair-making factories.
Photographs of the Sea Chair and the production process below from the official site: