The Cord Connection
Re-used polypropylene rope from horse farming
The Cord Connection is made from rope that is used to bind hay and straw together. The rope, made from polypropylene, is a waste product from, among other things, the horse farming that is considered as residual waste after use. On closer inspection, this seemingly small waste stream turns out to be really large: horse farming in the Netherlands uses enough rope to travel around the world 7 times a year.
The waste stream and the material kept intriguing us. We investigated whether a new product could arise from a single waste product that seems to be meaningless. The result is a chair in which thousands of separate waste pieces form a whole. With The Cord Connection, we want to draw attention to the fact that plastic is so deeply rooted and connected to our contemporary consumer society. The ropes, which enclose the chair like a tangle, symbolize the roots from which the chair originated. In collaboration with the team of Change hair stylists, we processed the ropes, being the mane of horses, into a tangle of roots.
The chair consists of two different appearances of the rope: a solid and flexible material. We melted the polypropylene and pressed it into a mold to create the solid frame of the chair. In the flexibel / original form, the rope is used for the seat and the roots. The rope is continuously collected in collaboration with a few large horse farms in the immediate vicinity of the design studio, which also raises awareness.
Chair ‘the Cord Connection’
Design: Ruben van Megen, 2018
Material: black baling twine
Price upon request.