The Trash Closet by Marijke & Sander Lucas utilizes leftover furniture that would normally end-up in a landfill. By incorporating leftover furniture to produce an outstandingly functional and eye-catching storage unit, the designers strive to inform individuals about our global furniture-waste catastrophe. According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s statistics of 2009:  9.8 million tons of furniture ended up in landfills in the USA during 2009.

The possibilities of creating high-end furniture with recycled furniture in order for people to be more environmentally conscious was the primary motivating factor for the two Dutch designers: “Considering the environmental devastation occurring on a global-scale; ranging from deforestation in the Amazon to our global consumerism crisis, The Trash Closet is intended to be an aesthetic attention grabber with the purpose of educating individuals to be more cautious with what they do with old furniture”, stated Sander Lucas.

The Trash Closet uses furniture that was found lying in the streets of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Most individuals would consider furniture in the streets as trash, but if you look closer to what we ‘deem’ as trash, we can create beautiful pieces of functional art that can serve as an educational tool. The final prototyping, production, and conceptualization was sponsored by Dutch Design Only and is available as a limited edition. Would you consider having this item in your home? [Photography Credits: Rene Mesman]