Designer Massimiliano Adami’s Gommapiuma Decòr series asks us to rethink our relationship to the materials of industrial design. The collection of chairs and ottomans made primarily from recycled materials eschew textile coverings in order to reveal how the normally functional role of sofa stuffing can also be decorative.
Adami takes the scraps of polyurethane foam discarded during sofa manufacture and combines them with new polyurethane to create pieces of furniture that are vibrant and expressive. By cutting, bending and rolling the scraps, Adami achieves multi-colored patterns that show mosaic and marble-like effects.
The project also has a self-sustaining component since after Adami began the collection he was able to use the scraps from the first two pieces in the chairs that he made next. This double-recycling demonstrates the incredible regenerative potential of Adami’s concept. It’s a simple idea that can develop into dozen of different products without sacrificing originality.