Trash Cube by Nicolas Le Moigne


Trash Cube by Nicolas Le Moigne

This seat by Nicholas Le Moigne of Switzerland is made entirely of scrap fibre cement. 

Trash Cube by Nicolas Le Moigne

Called Trash Cube, the object is made from the discarded bits of a material typically used to make roofing tiles, by Swiss manufacturers Eternit.

Trash Cube by Nicolas Le Moigne

Workers in the factory throw offcuts into a cube-shaped mould where they're squashed together and left to dry for a few hours.

Trash Cube by Nicolas Le Moigne

The appearance of the seat depends on the scraps that are produced each day.

Trash Cube by Nicolas Le Moigne

Photographs are by Tonatiuh Ambrosetti and Daniela Droz.

Trash Cube by Nicolas Le Moigne

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Here's a tiny bit of text from the designer:

Trash Cube
Produced by Eternit
Designed by Nicolas Le Moigne

Tons of material produced by Eternit are thrown away every year. The idea of the Trash Cube was to design the most simple object recycling as more scraps as possible. The Trash Cube is made of Eternit (which is the name of the Swiss factory and of the material they produces).

Trash Cube by Nicolas Le Moigne

Made of cement and fibers this material is used for moulding tiles for architecture, flowerpots or some outdoor objects. Tons of left over material is thrown away every year and the purpose of the Trash Cube was to find a way to recycle most of it. The idea was to design the most basic mould in which the workers would throw scraps as soon as they have finish to mould the other pieces in production.

Trash Cube by Nicolas Le Moigne

Drying in few hours the Trash Cube is removed from the mould every morning. As the Trash Cube is made of very different sizes and shapes of raw material, each stool has a different appearance - like small unique sculptures. This very simple technique makes the price very cheap (about a 100 Eur/piece).

Trash Cube by Nicolas Le Moigne

Dimensions : 32 x 32 x 36 cm
Material : Eternit (cement and fibres)

See also:


Bent by
Anne-Cécile Rappa
One Day Paper Waste by
Jens Praet
Rainer Mutsch
for Eternit

Posted on Saturday December 11th 2010 at 12:18 am by Catherine Warmann. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • bodkin

    100 euros a piece! and they reckon that's cheap? seeing as it's waste that would otherwise be discarded it should be significantly cheaper than that, I can't see there being much additional labour involved in making them

  • controlshiftg

    I had a laugh too! Cheap for something that may be a nice idea but is not really totally usable, more as a piece of art. If you minus the costs of landfilling the rubbish, the company could subsidise it!
    I would say there is quite a lot of this waste being produced so why not drop the price (not the cost) and start shipping a few more.
    I do like the fact that everyone is different and there is not lots of energey put into to reprocessing the product.

  • Susan Summer

    I think this is totally beautiful. I find the photos a bit overdone, & self-concious, but the piece its self has a gorgeous sense of control vs. accident. Excess vs. containment. Very nice, very simple. Sweet. Smart.

  • tom selleck

    To those missing the point of design and creativity… its not about how much it cost as much it is the thought behind it… very nice piece, they are just disappointed they didn't think of it first !

    • tony

      eh, i think the one that completely miss the sense of the design here is you, you clearly never studied that field. Design was born to deliver nice looking every-day objects to the masses. "design" it's not a cool name for overpriced "art".

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