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.