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POSTFOSSIL is a collective of emerging designers who describe themselves as creating objects in a postfossil age, “putting them into the context of resource scarcity” and inspire “the discourse about resources, consumption and society.” They concentrate on their pieces having a long life and reflecting a responsible use of resources.

We are featuring a selection of their 2010 collection below; the descriptions are from the designers. Check out their site for the entire collection.

Sgabello by Claudia Heiniger
Sgabello is a simple object which, through its asymmetrical form, indicates the different possibilities for use. The materials sheet metal and solid wood are merged both structurally and functionally, whilst at the same time remaining completely separable. The interplay of material thickness and profile gives the frame its structure. The wood formally unbalances the frame and invites the user to explore the different functions of the object. Once Sgabello is unbalanced, new functions emerge, such as a side table or a bracket for book storage. The shadows created through the metal frame, the color of the wood and the combination of the two materials award Sgabello its own elegance.

PIC by Christine Birkhoven
This table is not only unusual in its form, but also in its combination of materials. The legs made from naturally oiled oak act almost like a dancer carrying the untreated andesite stoneplate in a Rhombus form. The natural materials stone and wood do not need additional connections: on the underside of the stoneplate are drilled holes which anchor the legs of the table. The weight of the stone gives the table the necessary stability.

Containersystem 1530 by Daniel Gafner
With the container system 1530  you can create a variety of diverse structures, from a room partitioning to a coffee table – all is possible. The simple container elements made from French sea pine plywood are based on a grid of 15 and 30 cm. The four aligned formats can house various sizes of books, media and other objects. The profiled container edges allow a toolless yet extraordinarily and stable interlinkage with standard foldback clips. The containers are placed on a matching base element and are thus better protected from dirt and dust.

Stone Tools by Christine Birkhoven
To the stone age and back: this (limited) series wants to take the preparation of foodstuffs to a sapient yet modern level. Material and craft meet each other, irreplaceable in their honesty and individuality. The objects are intuitive in their application, there are no directions for use or wrong ways of using them. These kitchen utensils want to be handled: to feel the heavy, cold material and to recognize its handiness will turn the preparation of food into an irresistible pleasure.

Reflect Chair by Thomas Walde
The chair, through its form, aims to encourage reflection and meditation which in this day and age is often suppressed by other activities. The reduction to structure and naked realization activate the user and its thoughts. The size and high armrests inspired by Corbusier’s LC2 typologically bring to mind an easy chair, however, it does not allow for much more than to sit down in it, meditate or open a book. The element in front of it corresponds to an ottoman which can also be used as repository or as a stool.

[via Designspotter]

Jaime Derringer, Founder + Executive Editor of Design Milk, is a Jersey girl living in SoCal. She dreams about funky, artistic jewelry + having enough free time to enjoy some of her favorite things—running, reading, making music, and drawing.