'Trash Cube' is a collaboration between Swiss industrial designer Nicolas Le Moigne and manufacturer Eternit. Together, using cement that would otherwise have been discarded, they have created these minimalist furniture pieces.
Eternit are a well known cement specialist in architectural circles, and through this project, they hope to provide a simple design solution to the vast amounts of cement composites thrown away each year.
An increasing number of designers are working with discarded or recycled materials at the moment, however this design is particularly eye catching, with its stark minimalism as well as a nod to the history of cement and concrete as key modernist design materials.
To create the stools, a new manufacturing technique was needed; the raw material of leftover cement and fibre, usually from outdoor objects such as roofing tiles and plant pots, is first condensed down and then pushed through a mould to form a basic cube shape; but without losing the folds and intricacies of the material. Each cube is therefore unique.
As well as his other product and furniture designs, this is not the first time Le Moigne has collaborated with Eternit or worked with cement. Some of these earlier pieces are also included below.