making a difference: the taboo furniture

I was recently at MoMA PS1, the contemporary and experimental sister of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  While there are too many cool and cutting edge pieces in the permanent exhibition to review, what really drew my eye was the functional art furniture in their cafeteria and bookstore … colorful, practical, durable and most important, sexy to the eye!

Senegalese-French designer Bibi Seck of the New York-based super-design studio Birsel + Seck, knew first hand of the apocalyptic trash problem in Senegal, and when he was in the position to do something about it, he decided to act and help alleviate the problem.  With the help of Transtech (a local company that collects over 200 tons of harmful plastic waste which it then grinds, washes and processes into a confetti-like mixture), Bibi partnered with the company to produce his designs made of 75% recycled garbage bags and bottles collected in Senegal.  The result is the Taboo table and stools which can be purchased through the MOMA Design Store (only one color exclusive to them) or through Birsel + Seck for the variety of other available colors (email:
Drawing its design from the traditional West African dining etiquette of sitting at low tables, the pieces are both perfect for the indoors and outdoors and where organic seating is desired in residential and commercial spaces such as bedrooms, playrooms, gardens, cafes, libraries, hotel lobbies and schools. Definitely a winner!
image credits: © Martin Seck
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