Israel’s Itay Kirshenbaum Grows Backyard Furniture

Betzavta, grown your own furniture, isaeli design, itay kirshenbaum, unsustainable designWhat is up with Israeli designers? On the whole, they’re an eco-conscious group that use their creative genius to churn out groundbreaking designs, but two young students seem to be heading in the wrong direction.

We recently featured Yariv Goldfarb’s Bezalel graduation project “Play with Poop.”

In order to deviate from social norms, Goldfar 3D printed plastic molds to sculpt dog poop into a variety of geometric shapes. He then took the resulting shapes into the heart of Tel Aviv and arranged them to look like major landmarks throughout the city.

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His intentions are in the right place, since he is trying to encourage Israelis to be more aware of their surroundings, but his methods are a bit absurd.

Itay Kirshenbaum’s design, on other hand, has no redeeming social or environmental value.

For his final project at Haddasah College, Kirshenbaum designed a furniture collection that grows itself – the first backyard furniture set we know of with this curious skill.

Comprised of different colored canvas sacks, the furniture initially looks like jackets lying on the ground. But when a sprinkling of water interacts with the concrete powder that fills them, the sacks spring to life.

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Wire pulls allow the user to mold the canvas bags as seats and within 24 hours of drying, they can be used as chairs and tables.

Don’t get me wrong. I think the concept is clever. But the material choice is disappointing.

Concrete has the highest embodied footprint of just about any other material commonly used today. Which means that using it – whether in construction projects, homes or DIY furniture, is irresponsible.

It’s also unnecessary. Many Israeli designers who are working with more earth-friendly materials that have virtually no environmental impact.

It’s time to step up to the times, boys. Luckily, you still have the chance.

:: Digital Trends

About Tafline Laylin

As a tour leader who led “eco-friendly” camping trips throughout North America, Tafline soon realized that she was instead leaving behind a trail of gas fumes, plastic bottles and Pringles. In fact, wherever she traveled – whether it was Viet Nam or South Africa or England – it became clear how inefficiently the mandate to re-think our consumer culture is reaching the general public.Born in Iran, raised in South Africa and the United States, she currently splits her time between Africa and the Middle East.Tafline can be reached at tafline (at) greenprophet (dot) com, @teakettle22,

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