The collaboration between ecopixel and Atelier Mendini has led to a remarkable plastic recycling industry innovation where ‘pixelated colors and recycled plastics’ go hand in hand. Thanks to Mendini's visionary persistence, an impressive 24 by 24 mm ‘pixel’ has been developed using shredded plastic waste as a base material for this chaise longue called Alex. Mendini's extraordinary design pushed the development of the pressurized ecopixel technique further ahead; to obtain the blue version of Alex there is a random mix of four carefully selected colors, resulting in a unique appearance each time.
Powerful geometric forms are derived from a combination of polygonal plane surfaces with dynamic linear edges. The ecopixel’s innovative ‘pressurized rotational production method’ enables a crisp, folded form with sharply defined origami lines, resulting in a contemporary appearance that is radically different to traditionally rounded surfaces that are a byproduct of other production techniques. The ecopixel technique randomly combines colored pixels in the Mendini-mix, creating a distinctive result every time.
Each chaise longue is individually numbered with a special marker plate and comes with a certificate and numbered copy of the original 2017 drawing. Alex is 100% recyclable and made of up to 55% recycled materials. Ecopixel aims to use materials that will continue to be part of the recycling loop; withstanding temperatures from -10°C up to +50°C means ecopixel is suitable for both indoor and outdoor environments. This material is incredibly durable, yet soft to the touch and wonderfully tactile. This piece is part of an edition of 60, designed in 2017.