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Carsten in der Elst creates furniture by using industrial byproducts “a bit like Lego”

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In the world of design, innovation often stems from unexpected sources. Carsten in der Elst, a visionary furniture designer, exemplifies this notion with his Greywacke Offcut Collection showcased at Stockholm Design Week. Utilizing discarded quarry sandstone, In der Elst transforms industrial byproducts into captivating furniture pieces that blur the lines between art and functionality.

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Drawing inspiration from the rugged landscapes of Lindlar in western Germany, In der Elst handcrafts each piece of furniture with meticulous attention to detail. His hands-on approach involves personally selecting salvaged slabs of Lindlar Greywacke, a hard and dark sandstone, from local quarries. These stones, which would have otherwise been waste material, find new life as striking elements in his collection.

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One standout piece from the collection is a modular coffee table composed of three jagged hunks of sandstone. Left largely untouched except for a sanded-down tabletop, the table preserves the raw texture and materiality of the stone, echoing the natural formations found in quarries. In der Elst’s commitment to authenticity is evident as he explains, “Nothing is processed after finding it – so it’s a bit like [building with] Lego!”

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Beyond the coffee table, the Greywacke Offcut Collection includes a variety of furniture pieces, each bearing the unmistakable imprint of In der Elst’s creative vision. A chunky floor lamp, textured bench, and angular chair reminiscent of a tombstone showcase the versatility of sandstone as a medium for design. With each piece, In der Elst invites viewers to appreciate the inherent beauty of industrial byproducts and to reconsider their potential in the realm of furniture design.

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In addition to his stone-based creations, In der Elst presents reworked versions of older products from his Soft Works collection, further demonstrating his knack for innovation and resourcefulness. From his iconic “pasta chair” to the Aluskin Sofa crafted from salvaged polyurethane foam, In der Elst showcases the transformative power of sustainable design practices.

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As part of Älvsjö Gård, Stockholm Design Week‘s annual group exhibition, In der Elst’s work stands out as a testament to the intersection of creativity and sustainability. Through his innovative use of industrial byproducts, he challenges conventional notions of materiality and craftsmanship, offering a glimpse into a more environmentally conscious future for furniture design.

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In a world where waste abounds, Carsten in der Elst’s Greywacke Offcut Collection serves as a powerful reminder of the beauty that can emerge from discarded materials. As visitors explore his exhibition, they are invited to witness the transformative potential of design in shaping a more sustainable and visually captivating world.

For more insights into the latest trends and Design Events 2024, be sure to explore Stockholm Design Week’s diverse array of exhibitions and events throughout the week.

 

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