Living in the city I see discarded mattresses out on the curb every week. They are difficult to recycle, create a large amount of waste, and no one wants to use someone else’s old mattress. Frank Willems has created funky furniture by bending and folding mattress into usable forms.
The project was born after a trip to the dump, in the designers own words:
At a visit to a waste processing facility I learned almost all types of waste appeared to have a destination, except mattresses. They cause trouble because they get stuck between the shredders...For this reason, I started to work with old mattresses.
Frank takes the mattress materials and folds them together, straps them down onto old furniture pieces, and sprays the whole object with a “hygienic, water-resistant foam coating, and finished with a pliable, soft paint.” The end result is a strange and intriguing blend of forms, textures, and mass that give new life to very unwanted material.