Tsuyoshi Hayashi’s ‘Kawara’ bench salvages and repurposes industrially rejected Japanese roof tiles that would otherwise be discarded. As cracks or chipping can occur at an average rate of 5% during each production run, this represents more than 65,000 pieces per year that have the potential to be reused.
“Ceramic waste is difficult to recycle, so often end up being disposed in landfill or being smashed and used in construction road.” says Hayashi. “However, these wastes have still unique value such as colors, texture, durability and smooth curve which invite people to sit on. By just cutting off only the damaged part and mounting them into a wooden structure, ‘useless waste’ can be rendered to ‘useful matter’ once again.”