Computer Debris Stool



Chilean designer Rodrigo Alonso thought up a way to get rid off computer debris. The No More Electronic Waste (n+ew) Stool-sculpture-installation. The sit is created by embedding computer parts inside a block of resin. The $2.000 piece solves two problems: Not only is it made of trash you can also put trash in it.

Rodrigo Alonso

n+ew, stool-sculpture-installation (2007)

computer parts inside a block of resin

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Epilogue (added 5 days after the first post): Besides being a piece of design, this stool is also a political statement. After the question posed by Maarten.roter, I’ve emailed Rodrigo Alonso Schramm, to ask him about the project and the toxicity. This is what Rodrigo wrote back to me:

‘Thanks for your mail. I’m glad to answer your question.

I believe that this design piece perfectly fits with your blog. Regarding what “maarten” writes, he might find it ugly (that’s a personal opinion), but he must be completely informed before saying its toxic. In Chile and Latin America, there are no e-waste recycling politics (maybe even lack of more other recycling politics). This lack of regulations makes any effort to diminish e-waste pollution welcome. This stool is thought for public spaces, parks, banks, etc. And instead of being produced in wood, metal or concrete, the proposal is to be able to manufacture them with material that today are occupying useful terrain or space in sea or garbage dumps and are currently contaminating. More toxic is not to do anything about it. This stool is using sweepings of many and returning its “life” and transforming it into something useful.

Today we waste a big quantity of electronic material: Computers, plastic cases, electronic cards, hard disks, speakers, kilometres of cables, etc, etc. Here in Latin America, the chance of recycling this ewaste is nearly impossible.

Here in South America, returning electronic waste to its producers is quite impossible; this politic does not exist.

Many electronic cards, loudspeakers, optical readers and several other waste are composed of too many materials like plastics, metals, wood, resin, papers, etc and its true reusability in many cases is almost impossible. Additionally, as many of us know, products produced completely of plastic cannot be recycled more than 3 times; sooner or later, all these end up in trash.

Endless mountains of material without use that end up occupying big space of our grounds and seas, its consistent contamination and in some cases, void biodegradation, makes it extremely important we think of using this garbage as a new material or raw material, to generate new objects that can me re-inserted between us in a useful and aesthetic way. Due to this research, I present the result of this investigation, which objective is to become an aesthetic container: N+ew (No more electronic waste). A stool-sculpture-installation, developed with electronic waste, epoxic resin and melted aluminium (also recycled).

This object that assembles big quantity of waste, is a way to freeze in time and extract (and to empty if we could) from our garbage what we don’t occupy any more, giving it life again in important parts of our home. The idea behind N+EW isn’t the creation of a recyclable object, but the way to immortalize and to give a last use to objects that their only destination is contamination.

Although its done with epoxic resin, this project was designed to be done with ecoresin or bioresin, but the problem was that suppliers of these materials don’t exist in this continent, and importing this material made the project nonviable for its impossible high costs. So, the question is: what’s better? Leave all those remainders under earth or give them a second chance making it useful again? What is more toxic? Furthermore, all the materials occupied in this stool are metals, cables and mainly plastic impossible to recycle because of the high amount of mixed varieties present in the centers that join these materials.


Best regards,

Rodrigo Alonso Schramm’

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