Recycling Process Turns Leftover Paint Into An Exquisite Design Material [Pics]
Tel Aviv product designer creates 2D and 3D pieces out of dumpster-bound polyurethane.
When factories make polyurethane paint, they’re typically left with a bunch of samples at the end of the day. Unfortunately, since these samples are mixed with a reactive component, they can’t be used for much else besides the landfill. So Shahar Kagan came up with a way to capture and re-use them, creating novel 2D and 3D forms.
The Tel-Aviv-based product designer invented special molds that can be fill with the heretofore useless paint, building up layers over time. Several factors — time, heat, humidity, UV lighting — affect the drying process, so each batch is a bit different. Yet all end up resembling a psychedelic version of finely layered rock.
Kagan’s work, dubbed The Fossil Project, comprises items from buttons and door handles to rings and sets of drawers that can all be yours, for a price. Take a look:
Images: Shahar Kagan