Discarded Fishing Nets Get Altered into 3D-Printed Chair | Kelp Collection

Human civilization has constantly depended on the oceans and their life forms. And in this, this very civilization has adversely affected each part of the planet over the years. Every year thousands of fishing nets are discarded into the depths of oceans, one such example is that of the Baltic Sea and its surrounding bodies of water. These discarded or ghost nets cause the death and destruction of sea life. Stockholm-based design studio Interesting Times Gang has figured out a way to curb this pollution by turning these ghost nets into something valuable. Here is a detailed report on SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

The team used a material that blends discarded fishing nets with wood fibre to create a 3D-printed design that can stay within the same material ecosystem once it reaches the end of its lifecycle.

Interesting Times Gang has introduced a vision of what can be achieved with large-scale 3D-printed furniture made of recycled fishing nets through their Kelp Collection. The team used a material that blends discarded fishing nets with wood fibre to create a 3D-printed design that can stay within the same material ecosystem once it reaches the end of its lifecycle. It comes down to creating a new bio-material that can be reused again and again to design and create new objects within a closed design loop, thereby acting as a source of renewable material for consumer products than contributing to ocean garbage.

Inspired by biomimicry, the Kelp Collection captures lines and organically sways silhouettes of the wavy ocean. The team adopted the latest advances in 3D-printing technology and material development for the furniture collection. The collection further draws attention to the fact that vast amounts of known underwater kelp forests have been eradicated due to unsustainable fishing practices and rising ocean temperatures.

The team adopted the latest advances in 3D-printing technology and material development for the furniture collection.

The collection has been originally commissioned by two-star Michelin chefs Niclas Jonsson and Daniel Hoglander. It has been custom designed for their recent sushi restaurant venture Black Milk Sushi which is located in Stockholm.

Image credits: Interesting Times Gang

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