Adital Ela, an Israeli designer, has created a line of furniture made from soil fibers and plant matters. It’s beautiful, functional, and eminently disposable, as it can turn right back into dirt.
Ela was inspired by drinking chai out of a disposable clay cup, and interested in the way that the clay cups were simply tossed to the ground to once again become earth when people were done with them. She wanted to make furniture that functioned the same way.
She did a lot of research. She studied the ways that such technology had been employed in ancient cultures in the Middle East. She came up with a “recipe” and discovered that mixing it by stomping on it with her feet was the best method. Each piece in her collection requires zero energy (except foot stomping of course) and can be made anywhere in the world there’s organic waste. The collection includes stools, lamps, and soon, a nightstand. I want one of each. And then after a year I want to stomp them back into the earth. Unless I’m broke.