The José Collection is a family of storage furniture constructed from materials that are less harmful to the environment and convey the typical informal Brazilian style. The ecological design of the collection considers the entire life of a product, reducing the environmental impact, energy and materials needed. Meanwhile hinting at questions between social-economic and the cultural aspects of it’s use.
The family was inspired by the open air markets selling vegetables and fruits that are characteristic in residential Brazilian neighborhoods. The informal aspect and transitional nature of these markets gave origin to the lightweight and simple design of the wooden structure which houses these colored plastic crates. The feet of the cabinets have the same design as the feet on a cart used by those who collect paper and recycled materials during the market. This results in a piece that is has an identity, and is ecological and simple in it’s form and function.
Each part of the manufacturing process was considered while designing the piece. The solid pieces of Teka wood have been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Certification by the FSC ensures the production processes for the wood are environmentally friendly, socially beneficial, economically viable and comply with all laws. Wood panels used are treated with a natural Carnauba wax, eliminating the need for solvent based finishes. All crates used are made manufactured from recycled plastic, which is the normal process by the factories who make them. The feet are made of solid iron bars, merely cut and folded, and finished with an automotive anti-rust paint. The design also considers with the amount of waste created by producing the furniture. The sizes were carefully chosen to maximize the use of the wooden panels and minimize waste.
The use of the unattached plastic creates allows one to use them in different ways from a normal cabinet since they can be removed. Drawers in general, are not used separately of the piece. Being separated enables one to transport objects, toys, food, clothes, books, bottles, or anything else inside and outside the home. Groceries, for example, can be transported between the supermarket and your home…… great!
Via: Mauricio Arruda