Some truly weird and wonderful pieces can be found on the Designs of the Year website. Having had a good look through, I was slightly baffled when looking through the furniture nominations: a polystyrene table?
Made by Silo, this is a piece that arguably shouldn’t work, but does. Silo start the construction by ‘growing’ their own polystyrene trunks, which is done by layering NSEPS stick and using a different colour in each layer. What they are left with is a material they can cut and join like wood, with the aesthetics resembling a strange hybrid of wood grain, granite and plastic.
Silo is a design studio based in a plastics factory south of the Thames, and was formed by talented designers Attua Aparicio and Oscar Wanless. Have a look through their website – there is some truly impressive stuff.