‘COUCH-19’
Product Name
‘COUCH-19’
Interior Architect
Atelier Tobia Zambotti
Manufactured
Italy
Chairs
Poufs & beanbags
Sofas
Other - Sofas and Modular sofas
Material
Synthetic
Colour
Blue range
White range
Characteristics
Custom
With removable cushion
Use
Residential
Commercial
Style
Contemporary
Number of seats
7-seater or higher

An iceberg-shaped modular pouf made with single-use masks collected from the streets

To help prevent the spread of coronavirus face coverings are mandatory in public spaces almost everywhere in the world. Most face masks available for sale are made from layers of plastics and are designed specifically to be single-use. Being medical waste these can't be recycled through conventional recycling facilities thus ending up in outdoor landfills or being incinerated, leading to toxic fumes and contributing to climate change.

Italy, one of the European countries hit hardest by COVID-19, faces a big problem due to this kind of pollution. The project "COUCH-19" wants to highlight this environmental issue in a creative way involving locals and asking them to pick up disposable mask from the streets, around medical facilities and so on.

Few cubic meters of light coloured masks were collected, thouroughly disinfected with ozone and safely stored before becoming an unsual stuffing for a recyclable crystal PVC modular pouf. The pouf has been shaped irregularly so  that together with the "icy" colours of most of most of the disposable masks, it recalls the aesthetics of an iceberg: one of the most iconic symbols of global warming.

Discarded disposable masks | Recyclable crystal PVC

Big pouf size: 1700x600x200h

Small pouf size: 1000x600x200h

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