The Zero Per Stool by Hattern is a nice take on the elusive idea of reducing waste from new product design and production. While it doesn’t quite manage zero waste as the name suggests, the idea and result is rather lovely:
Basically, the ‘waste’ bits of wood, left over from the sheet that the legs came from, are chopped up and set in resin to create the stool top:
Attempts at this goal always remind me of the first time I saw it, in the form of Dan Eatock’s Bed project. Even then though I used to wonder what happened to the sawdust and if that could somehow be incorporated into the final piece as well. And less for an ‘eco’ reason and more for just the tidiness, although maybe they’re one and the same thing?