Plastic goes on

A creative process that gives discarded plastic a second life is always welcome, like Dirk van der Kooij's Endless range of chairs.

What does a designer do when labour becomes too expensive to craft a string of plastic into a chair? He teaches a robot to do the same thing.

Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Dirk van der Kooij makes chairs using the recycled plastic of old refrigerators and 3D printing techniques.

The range of plastic chairs in the “Endless” range are available in av variety of shapes, sizes and colours and all use what appears to be an endless string of plastic.

As the process of making these chairs became too labour-intensive, Van der Kooij taught a “robot”, or computer printer, the craft. By automating the process it eventually became more flexible.

Here’s a video on how the Endless process works:

Watch the Talk with Dirk Vander Kooij