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Hit or Diss?

Look at this image carefully. Found this today in the NYTimes and had to share. Designers for Karastan used vinyl storage bags filled with recycled materials as seating at the recent Dining By Design event in New York. Is this idea a hit or a diss?

Would you try this at home? What would you you fill yours with?

(image from raeanne giovanni-inoue for the new york times)

Posted by decor8 in events + markets on March 08, 2007

Your comments...

  1. kayte commented
    March 8th, 2007 at 9:02pm

    i like it for an event or a display kind of thing. i don’t know about it for real seating though. the rolled up newspapers look really cool in those bags though.

  2. decor8 commented
    March 8th, 2007 at 9:11pm

    It may be fun to use as a side table in the house, with a square lacquered tray on top. Fill it with beautiful fabric, rolled up… Maybe? Hmm.

  3. Annie commented
    March 8th, 2007 at 9:29pm

    I agree. Interesting-looking but not practical. Diss!

  4. riff commented
    March 8th, 2007 at 9:59pm

    I think they’d be fun in a kid’s room: chock full of their stuffed animals in them. It’s a colorful way to store toys and lightweight/moveable seating.

  5. Rose Red commented
    March 8th, 2007 at 10:02pm

    My initial reaction was one of revulsion. Maybe because they don’t match? I’m sure they were trying to show all of the different filling options, but I would be more inclined to like an entire row of magazine-filled bags.

    I think filling them with pretty, decorative paper might be fun – you could even use the paper to cover a less sightly but more environmentally-friendly filling.

  6. k commented
    March 8th, 2007 at 11:17pm

    I really like the cheapness and recycled materials aspect of the idea (where does one get large vinyl storage bags?) but I’d probably cover it with some sort of fabric slipcover if I were to use it as seats. Good idea for student apartments, I think.

  7. Carlene commented
    March 8th, 2007 at 11:44pm

    Nah. The only way I could live with these is if they were filled with cash.

  8. decor8 commented
    March 8th, 2007 at 11:56pm

    riff – hey I like that – a kids room. that may be fun!

    k – i have no clue where they found those large vinyl storage bags. I have some, but they aren’t shaped in a perfect square. maybe the container store has them, or they were custom made?

    For me, I have to say diss – but for a kids room, yeah a hit because I think it would be a great way to store all those soft blocks and plushies.


  9. decor8 commented
    March 8th, 2007 at 11:58pm

    Carlene – Oh yes, cash. Nice thought! Or peanut M&M’s.

  10. katastrophik commented
    March 9th, 2007 at 12:31am

    my first thought was unused kitty litter….as a joke.

    i use them outdoors with raked leaves.
    or caterpillars…..another joke.

  11. Penny People Designs commented
    March 9th, 2007 at 12:51am

    I would say diss – It seems like an interested concept, but the contents would be have to seriously considered. I would cover it personally, I dont think I’d want to sit on people’s recycle-ables or garbags.

  12. Anonymous commented
    March 9th, 2007 at 1:26am

    i believe the containers are what comforters come in.

  13. Linda Merrill commented
    March 9th, 2007 at 2:19am

    I’d say diss as well. Wouldn’t they squish to nothing when an adult sat on them? Maybe for a kids room.

  14. fe commented
    March 9th, 2007 at 5:53am

    I hate it!

  15. Allison commented
    March 9th, 2007 at 7:04am

    Too much like those empty lamps that you fill with things, and the jury is still out on how I feel about those.

    My aunt filled one with Legos a million years ago and had one in my cousin’s room.

    They don’t look too comfortable either… so I vote no. Different idea though. I’ve got to give them that!

  16. Aubrey commented
    March 9th, 2007 at 7:05am

    they have seats like that at ikea and when you sit on them, it’s a joke trying to stay upright. maybe it’s supposed to be a good ab workout. but MY initial reaction was that they LOOK cool, but to SIT on, not so much.

  17. Anonymous commented
    March 9th, 2007 at 1:50pm

    wood shavings, we have always have a fresh supply from the workshop and a natural material to counteract the plasticiness would be good

  18. Another Shade of Grey commented
    March 9th, 2007 at 1:53pm

    I think it would be cool to do for a kids play room and fill them with shredded colored paper of all sorts. :)

  19. Anonymous commented
    March 9th, 2007 at 2:13pm

    I LOVE it! At least to look at. As some people stated I’m not sure how practical they would be to sit on, but as far as looks and concept it’s a hit. Why only for kids? Can’t grown ups have mis-matched cheap ideas?

  20. Jess commented
    March 9th, 2007 at 2:41pm

    I like it conceptually, but to my eye, they’re quite unattractive! Comforter packaging + old newspaper = trash to me, and I can’t get past that.

  21. Anonymous commented
    March 9th, 2007 at 3:22pm

    Diss! the overall recycling concept is great, but a rather unappealing look. Eco-friendly does not need to look slouchy…thumbs down

  22. May commented
    March 9th, 2007 at 3:34pm

    I don’t love it as I think it’s not very sturdy for seating. But I like it as a foot rest or a occasional table or seat.
    As for what I’d fill it with, that’s easy. Yarn Stash. Or to make it more suitable for seating: fabric stash.
    It would be appealing to look at, and of course it would be great storage for any knitter/quilter.

  23. Tina commented
    March 9th, 2007 at 3:36pm

    Hmm. I think I like it, it is definetly a cheap alternative for additional seating. If done right there is a nice aesthetic and conversation piece, especially when Nana starts asking “when you guys going to start having babies?” lol, but seriously I like.

  24. decor8 commented
    March 9th, 2007 at 3:56pm

    These comments are great, I know where I’m beta testing my roll out of vinyl bags filled with recycled bits! he he. KIDDING. This has been a really fun post. I need to do more of these, I love getting your opinion.

  25. Jenny commented
    March 9th, 2007 at 8:07pm

    I wouldn’t buy a prefilled bag, but the bag itself if it was cheap enough would work. Between covering it or what you fill it with I think it can look nice, and it acts as a storage & seating combo that when empty can itself be stored small and flat. I’d either store my recycled paper or the plastic bags I save to take back to Safeway in them probably.

  26. denise commented
    March 9th, 2007 at 10:26pm

    jelly beans!!

  27. becky commented
    March 9th, 2007 at 11:21pm

    I like the statement it makes, green-wise. A similar idea is a chair that Mio makes where you stack/store things in between the seat and the base, like phonebooks, yearbooks, blocks, whatever.

    I think instead of seating, I’d do a Farm 21 kind of thing – the clear acrylic table, bought empty, to fill with the things I have consumed but am not adding to the world’s landfills.


  28. decor8 commented
    March 10th, 2007 at 12:27am

    Hey Becky that’s a good idea. I actually do use these vinyl bags all the time, from left over comforters and shams, to store things in – they are great for sliding under the bed or for the closet.

  29. Hanna commented
    March 16th, 2007 at 10:25am

    yarn, but not any wool, that might felt if you sit on it for a while! ;-)

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