In this project I chose to investigate flotsam rope that washes ashore on coasts all around the world. Everything between trawling nets and cut-off anchor cables makes up this global problem.

Polypropene is the most common plastic in this context and it decomposes quickly when exposed to the sun leaving small bits of plastic which are released into the environment. Biologists have clearly shown that it affects marine life negatively, but one doesn't know exactly how and to what extent. This is what I wanted to work with.

During the process I investigated different techniques and their implementation in furniture. This investigation led me to grafting, commonly used to cover fragile objects for decoration or protection onboard traditional sailing ships. The rope I used comes from the shores of Kosterhavet, Swedens only marine national park.

The project was exhibited at the Swedish Presence exhibition, in La Pelota, Furniture Fair in Milan 2014.

Read more about the project at

Inhabitat: Brera District Exhibits Designs for a Strong, Sustainable Future at Milan Design Week
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Photo: Martin Gustavsson

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