Launched last year, Berlin/London-based design firm Pentatonic realizes contemporary furniture made from recycled smartphones, plastic, food, and textile disposables. The company has recently teamed up with New York firm Snarkitecture to create a new furniture range, Fractured, a collection of benches and tables that merge of art, design, and sustainability.
“The material approach and technological approach of Pentatonic really opens possibilities, especially for a practice like ours,” says Alex Munstonen, co-founder of Snarkitecture, on the series that is directly made up of waste material.
The ‘Fractured’ bench is constructed from 25 sheets of Plyfix, Pentatonic’s luxurious felt covering made from 100 percent recycled plastic, pressed into a single 1.5 cm sheet that is heat-formed into a curved, two-seater bench. 240 plastic bottles, 45 aluminum drinks cans, 120 items of food packaging and 4 car bumpers are recycled into the design. Likewise, the ‘Fractured’ table is constituted of 1,290 aluminum drinks cans, 140 items of food packaging and coffee cup lids and 6 car bumpers. Both products absorb and jars simultaneously, transforming from being whole to being broken and back again, much like the recycling process itself.
“This collaboration was a real demonstration of the power and potential of working with post-consumer waste,” says Hall. “There is too much trash on our beaches, in our oceans, there is so much that could be used again and again with the right technology.”
Pentatonic x Snarkitecture Fractured collection is available now on Pentanotic’s official website. Prices range approximately between $2,464 USD and $3,080 USD.