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Sustainable Design Workshop 

2020

Nida Art Colony

This group project is about creating sustainable design objects for Nida Art Colony that could be produced there using local materials and waste. 

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Of course, we knew that plastic waste is a significant problem, but somehow we didn’t expect this so close to us, in such a sacred place for us as the Curonian Spit. So, the feeling of concern and responsibility about the environment and the things we’re creating suddenly grew even stronger. As well as the aspiration for sustainable design. 

Process

Living in the Nida Art Colony we noticed that some

of the Ikea furniture, there was quite worn-out. There were chairs composed of a metal frame and plastic part for seating and backrest. We noticed that a few of them had a plastic part broken. But the metal frame was perfectly fine. We started thinking about how it could be used so that it wouldn’t have to be thrown out. We decided to renew one chair by replacing the plastic part with unique local wood from Curonian Spit. 

Inspiration

 

It all began with a walk on the beach. At first, we noticed a few plastic bags lying on the sand. So, we picked them up. As we walked, we found more and more various plastic objects. From bottle caps and food packaging to toys and slippers. We started collecting all of it and by the time we had walked about 4 kilometers we had 2 bags crammed with plastic waste. 

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Pine trees

From time to time pine trees here need to be cut to restore and preserve the historic landscape. However, trees here are affected by strong winds and grow in sandy soil. They are crooked and considered low class. So, they usually go to papermaking in other countries. Although it would be nice if the wood could be used in the place where it grows by the people who live here. 

Renewing the old chair

The chair is made by using one of the old metal frames that are left when the plastic parts of Ikea chairs break in the Nida Art Colony. We used unique local wood for the top part to create a renewed piece of furniture.

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We imagine that more chairs could be renewed this way when they break. Until there are no plastic chairs left and Nida Art Colony has chairs that match the natural environment of Nida.

Apart from the chair, Raimonda Truskauskaitė, Kamilė Pakalniškytė and I also created a useful set of bathroom shelves made of local wood. We also experimented with the production of bioplastics and tried mixing them with local materials, such as sawdust, ceramics, and leftover coffee grounds.

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