“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects”
- Moby Dick, Herman Melville
With increasing EU quotas, competition from large commercial trawlers and not to mention depleting fish stocks, Britain’s fishing industry is in crisis. Further afield, a ‘plastic soup’ of waste floats in the Pacific Ocean. Growing at an alarming rate it is already double the area of the United Sates. The ‘Pacific Garbage Patch’ as it’s known, stretches from the coastlines of California to the shores of Japan. Since the discovery of ‘The Pacific Garbage Patch’ five more have been found across the World’s Oceans. This plastic waste doesn’t sink and takes thousands of years to degrade, remaining in the environment to be broken up into ever-smaller fragments by ocean currents. As our society’s consumption grows the concentration of this plastic soup increases.
The Sea Chair Project has been created by Studio Swine and Kieren Jones as a response to the issue of growing levels of waste plastic in our oceans. Merging craft, industry and design the project looks to harness the struggling fishing industry to produce a series of chairs created from plastic collected at sea.
The first Sea Chair, launched at Milan Design Week 2012, was produced with plastic collected from Porthowan Beach in the UK with the help of the custom made Sea Press.
The Sea Chair Project has been exhibited at Dublin Science Gallery, is part of the Material Matters show curated by Droog and will soon travel to Eyebeam in New York. The project won the RCA Sustain Award in 2011.