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Vestre Is Helping Save the Oceans, One Bench at a Time

12.09.20 | By
Vestre Is Helping Save the Oceans, One Bench at a Time
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Manufacturer of urban furniture, Vestre, and ocean impact startup Oogori have joined forces to create the Coast bench. Made entirely from ownerless marine plastics gathered on the beaches of Norway and the first of its kind, Coast was designed by Allan Hagerup to withstand outdoor marine environments. But it’s the plastic material itself that’s guided the design process.

bench on beach

Designing a bench using plastic gathered from beaches by volunteers is an inspiring and passionate task. So it feels great to have created the very first bench in this material for Vestre, and to contribute to sustainable development with a product that will be accessible to everyone.

-Allan Hagerup

bench detail

Look closely and you’ll notice marine elements running throughout Coast’s design: the contours of the front mimic the hull of a boat and the plastic parts give the impression of floating on the surface. The base is made of hot-dip galvanized, powder-coated steel, while the seat is made of recycled plastic. These plastic elements will eventually need to be replaced, so they’ve been created to do so. They’ll go back into the recycling pool and be turned into even more new products.

The initial Coast bench has been produced as a prototype, with toxicity and UV wear tests to come. Vestre’s goal is to have a limited edition of the bench hit the market in 2021.

bench on beach

bench detail

Coast is currently in the prototype phase, with plans to release a limited edition in 2021.

Kelly Beall is senior editor at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based graphic designer and writer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember, and enjoys sharing her finds with others. When undistracted by great art and design, she can be found making a mess in the kitchen, consuming as much information as possible, or on the couch with her three pets. Find her @designcrush on social.