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Old Clothing Glued Together, To Form Mega-Stylish Chairs

And they’re actually sturdy!

Far too many people toss their outdated clothes or, worse, send them to Salvation Army assuming, wrongly, that someone else wants to snatch up a pair of 1987 Z. Cavariccis. Tobias Juretzek ain't one of them. He takes his old shirts, jeans, and other garments and turns them into something actually useful: furniture.

Juretzek, a German designer, throws together disused clothes to create stylish little chairs that could almost pass for something you'd find around the dining-room table, if not for the occasional exposed zipper (ouch!).

Jabbing zippers aside, you'd be forgiven for doubting whether worn-out clothes can make for decent furniture. After all, they've got to support a person's entire body weight. Juretzek assures us that the chairs are plenty sturdy. Each is composed of some 13 pounds of clothing — taken from friends, a used-clothing company, or Juretzek's own closet — that the designer soaks in resin, then compresses in a mold.

The Rememberme chairs will be manufactured and sold by the Italian furniture company Casamania, most likely this fall, Juretzek says. They'll cost about $950 each.

[Images courtesy of Tobias Juretzek]

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  • Erik van Lennep

    I hope the resin is one of the benign ones, and not an uber-toxic. Love the concept; would love it more if at end of life the chair could be de-resined (also in a non toxic kinda way) and the clothes sent on heir merry way to the rag heap. But still...kinda cool :)

  • Ayn Roberts

    Gary- these clothes aren't pasted onto a chair - they are the chair. Take a look at the closeup and you'll see there is no additional frame supporting the shape these clothes take.

    I would love a better price-point on these items if only to get this creative conversation going to those outside of such an incredible disposable income.

  • Isobel Kramen

    This style is called "The Teen Look" because at that age you spend so much time putting an outfit together you don't have the time to put away the clothes you discard. You and others, sit on chairs, compressing layers until someone walks in with  'Big Gulp' of coke and spills it on clothing covered chair.  Coca Cola is the original 'Krazy Glue' so forget about separating pieces of clothing.  If you (and parents) permit it to dry thoroughly it will come of furniture with the aid and strength of a Pro Hockey team.  The base (original furniture) will need to be refinished and is usually donated to a thrift shop, along with the Cola-sealed clothing.
    These items are abundant in thrift shops and dorm rooms for less than $5.00. 

  • Norbert Jakubke

    Hey what's going on here? Mr Tharaldson you forget the point of this blog. Suzanne has just made another great discovery that stimulates more ideas.  Juretzek's work is really fun even if a little impractical or just not suitable for your conservative tastes and budget.

    SL, keep the crazy ideas coming. It's like a  bag of salted Kettle chips, you just keep wanting more and more of that great crunch. 

  • John Lapolla

    Suzanne, nice article.
     
    Chris, I agree with you. Seems like Gary didn't take his happy pills today.
     
    IMHO, cool concept, interesting art, and functional.  Pricey, yes, but that's between the seller and buyer.  If enough peole are buying them, China will be shipping them for $9.99 in a year or two.
     
    And, NO Gary, you didn't say, .. "these clothes are molded and glued together with resin.", you said... "$950 for a chair with some old clothes pasted on it? "
     
    Obviously you are just looking for something to be pissy about, because, while I'm sure there are some resins that are impacted by heat and cold, there is a huge selection that are impervious. You must live under a rock where you have had no exposure to resin based items like surfboards, boats, ATV's, auto/truck body parts, and "space age material" (aka RESIN) outdoor furniture.
     
    AHhhh.. I feel better now.. back to work.

  • Gary Tharaldson

    Chris:

    Like I said, these clothes are molded and glued together with resin...HEAT effects things like this. 

    I criticize the large price tag.  It's foolish to pay for something like this and call it art or a functional chair.

    But as long as "artists" keep making trash like this, and the media keeps calling it "high-end-functional-art" there will be fools who fall for the hype and part with hard earned money.

    I'm just calling it like I see it...sorry if I touched a sensitive artistic-nerve you...

  • Chris Myers

    Gary:
    Kinda harsh critique, especially when you do not understand the concept.  What makes you think they clothes are "pasted on"???  Did you only look at the pictures?

    " Each is composed of some 13 pounds of clothing -- taken from friends,    -- that the designer soaks in resin, then compresses in a mold."

    Which makes them fall under the material category of Composites, which are traditionally known for their high strength to weight ratios.  Sorry if I am being a bit snarky in my comments but why bash the design in such rude terms, why not instead point out perceived issues and await a reply.  Otherwise when you completely fail to understand the concept and reply in such rude way people might mistake you for a junior-high school art student.

  • imianco

    looks great very cool concept but hope there is a frame hidden inside for reinforcement

  • Gary Tharaldson

    $950 for a chair with some old clothes pasted on it? 

    No thanks...  This isn't high end art, it's a middle school art project.  Expose these chairs to heat and cold over time and you'll see this ugly clothing start to detach and peel away like a banana.

    I mean, good for them, try to make that money anyway you can...I just see an over-priced p.o.s. here.

  • Anita Fong

    Cool stuff.  But I'm still worry about being "too fat" and breaking the chair....:)