Designer Alain Gilles has made a limited edition version of his Translation Armchair for Qui est Paul?.

The limited edition version is a good example that with some fine tuning, normally wasted materials can be transformed into fully functional furniture that does not have to hide its origins.

Recycled plastic bottle caps that have first been shredded into smaller pieces (70% of the finished product, and also made out of PE) are mixed  with some neutral PE (30%). This makes the seat not only recyclable, but largely made out of a recycled product. For the first time, a rotomolded piece of furniture in production is made with a very high recycled content.

In this very case, the reuse of the bottle caps serve a second purpose. These are collected by a Non-Profit Organisation ( “Les bouchons d’amour”, litteraly translated “the caps of love”)  that uses a 100% of its revenues earned from reselling the caps to buy material for disabled people in France and abroad.

The transformation process makes it visually slightly reminiscent of the graphic work done by people like Allessandro Mendini on the Proust Armchair and Mirror (1978) or some of Ettore Sottsass work in the early 1980s.

Register in order to participate in this unique draw to win one Free Limited Edition of the Translation Armchair designed by Alain Gilles for Qui est Paul?, a value of  580 euros  (+/-  USD 900 ), a limited edition of 100 pieces.

You can either register through the website by clicking here or while on the stand of  Qui est Paul?  during the  “Maison et Objet”  fair in early September in Paris.

(Participation through the website is open until the 2nd of September 2008 at midnight Paris time. On the stand at “Maison&Objet” participation is possible until the 9th of September 2008 at 11am, more info is available on the website).

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