Plastic Living Room to explore the recycling of plastic

Habitare’s recycling-oriented Trash Design exhibition will, this year, focus on one specific material, plastic. Plastic Living Room will examine whether the direct reuse of plastic waste in design is aesthetically and functionally viable. Plastic Living Room will enquire whether plastic in design is a threat or an opportunity, and will present at the fair an interior entirely furnished with plastic materials. Habitare will be held at Messukeskus from 7 to 11 September 2016.

Plastic, in all its forms, is widely used in design. The futuristic image of plastic has, in 50 years, faded, as plastic has spread all over the globe, and the vortex of plastic waste in the Pacific Ocean has become a symbol of environmental disaster.

“In our Trash Materials exhibition, we will focus on plastic materials, which are not as efficiently recycled and reused as would be necessary for the environment. We would also like to question the manufacture of new plastic objects from materials produced in oil refining”, says Isa Kukkapuro-Enbom, the producer of Trash Materials.

Plastic Living Room will present an interior furnished with recycled plastic materials, implemented by a group of designers and design students. The three best product ideas will receive an award. In the spirit of trash design, people can copy and use these product ideas for their own interiors. In addition to the exhibition, three ‘Plastic Afternoon’ debates will be held in conjunction with Habitare. Debaters will include the trash design duo Isa Kukkapuro-Enbom and Henrik Enbom; Outi Les Pyy, a designer specialising in recycled fashion; and the journalist Sami Sykkö.

Trash Design Habitare Henrik Enbom: Eros double. Plastic canister, plastic scoops, led light

Trash design is a drop in the ocean of change

The Trash Design community believes designers to be the conscience of industrial production.

“What we are doing resonates with an ongoing change in European values, also dubbed the silent revolution. We will do our bit to influence general opinion and be a drop in the ocean of change”, says Isa Kukkapuro-Enbom.

Arto O. Salonen, consumption and an adjunct professor at the University of Helsinki, sums up the philosophy behind trash design, and envisages a future in which well-being is not just a privilege of the well-to-do.

“An ideology based solely on material well-being will come to a dead end, sooner or later, because we are faced with the limits of the earth’s resources. Global warming, industrial activity that threatens biodiversity, and the scarcity of natural resources concern responsible people in all areas of society. This is why it is important to consider all the means that help us move towards an era of sustainability”, says Salonen.

Habitare Trash Design

Isa Kukkapuro-Enbom and Henrik Enbom/Dodo
Established in 1996, Dodo is a creative company formed by the designer-cabinetmaker Henrik Enbom and the producer-journalist Isa Kukkapuro-Enbom. Dodo’s most important product is the Trash Design community. The company’s network includes experts from a variety of fields, from graphic designers to plumbers and architects.


More information on the Trash Materials exhibition:
Producer Isa Kukkapuro-Enbom, tel. +358405005202,

More information on the Habitare fair:
Communications manager Johanna Suni, tel. +358405154216,

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