The "RUBBiSH" project from California-based architecture firm Minarc gives a useful and elegant new life to waste material.

Minarc, a California-based architecture firm, has developed a remarkable sink made out of recycled rubber sourced from used tires. Named “RUBBiSH,” the smoothly molded appliance gives a useful and elegant new life to the waste material.

Architect Magazine explains:

The rubber from the tires is melted down and cleansed of debris, and the tiny inherent metal fibers that give a tire its road resistance are then formed into a sheet. This sheet is stretched over a base frame—made of wood, metal, or any other material out of which bathroom furniture can be fashioned—and anchored down by the drain collar. This creates a shallow-sloped surface for water to be siphoned away, but not a clunky profile; in fact, the material used is so minimal that, the manufacturer claims, the sinks use less than one pound of rubber.

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