Re.Bean Coffee Stool
- Kristen Wang Design
Re.Bean Coffee Stool explores a brand-new sustainable material from locally collected coffee ground waste and other coffee industry waste. The project features not only a unique smell and tactile of its materiality from coffee, but also its 100% biodegradability – generating no waste to our natural environment.
Within one year of release, Re.Bean Coffee Stool has been exhibited in a number of Australian and international recognisable exhibitions, including Fringe Furniture 2018, MPavilion 2018 Design Talk, Hong Kong Business of Design Week 2018, Banyule Council Exhibition 2019, NGV Melbourne Design Week 2019 in Welcome to Wasteland, and Milan Design Week 2019 Salone del Mobile Milano to represent Melbourne and Australian designs. More proudly, Re.Bean Coffee Stool has been recognised its design excellence and has also won Fringe Furniture 2018, two VIVD Awards 2019, Special Award at SaloneSatellite at Salone del Mobile Milano 2019 and shortlisted in IDEA 2019.
The Re.Bean Coffee Stool project not only seeks to make a manifesto of a creative design solution that how designers can (and should) help to cope with waste problems. Additionally, it also tries to raise public’s awareness towards the environmental issues of coffee industry waste. Through its coffee smell, unique sense of tactile and production process, it is revealing how our daily waste from coffee beverages can be transformed into a daily used furniture object.
The greatest feature of Re.Bean Coffee Stool is its biodegradability from a brand-new coffee ground mixture material that is developed through intensive researches and experiments, meaning that it generates no more waste and damage no longer our precious natural environment.
The sustainability of this piece is also revealed in the fabrication processes:
a) reusable: mould pouring method is used to enhance reusability during the production;
b) ecological: coffee ground waste is collected locally, processed locally and remake locally;
c) environmental friendly: all elements used in the making process are organic natural resources, that mean they all non-chemical, non-toxic and biodegradable.
As shown in recent surveys, coffee ground waste has become one of the major organic wastes across the globe but largely under aware by the public.
Re.Bean Coffee Stool aims to explore innovative design solutions to reutilise this waste material and transform it into a truly biodegradable piece of furniture based on intensive researches and experimentations on its physicality and materiality.
This project not only seeks to make a manifesto of a creative design solution that how designers can help to cope with waste problems. Additionally, it also tries to raise public’s awareness towards environmental issues from coffee industry waste.
What makes Re.Bean Coffee Stool so different from others are its sustainability and 100% biodegradability, handcrafted from locally collected used coffee ground waste – imagine how the coffee waste from your favourite cafe can become your favourite furniture piece and damage no more our natural environments!
Additionally, instead of incorporation with other unsustainable material for structure supports, Re.Bean Coffee Stool is one of the first sustainable and also biodegradable pieces created entirely from the same material and itself structurally sound.
Other key features also include reusable: mould pouring method is used to enhance reusability during the production, as well as ecological: coffee ground waste is collected locally, processed locally and remake locally.