The Bare Hair Project
by Ola Giertz


The Bare Hair Project by Ola Giertz

Clumps of human hair are recycled as stuffing for two plastic pouffes by Swedish furniture and product designer Ola Giertz.

The Bare Hair Project by Ola Giertz

The pouffes are made from recycled plastic bottles and filled with hair swept up from the floor of a salon, which would otherwise be thrown away and burnt.

The Bare Hair Project by Ola Giertz

The design was developed for Studio Västra Sandgatan, a salon in Helsingborg, Sweden, using hair from their customers.

The Bare Hair Project by Ola Giertz

The Bare Hair Project will be shown in an exhibition about hair this autumn at the Nordiska Museet, the museum of cultural history in Stockholm.

The Bare Hair Project by Ola Giertz

Photographs are by Carl Magnus Johansson.

The Bare Hair Project by Ola Giertz

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The Bare Hair Project by Ola Giertz

Here's some more information from Giertz:

Bare Hair is a project that has resulted in two poufs made from recycled PET bottles stuffed with human hair.

On average, hair grows at a pace of 18 cm per year. Hence, the 9 million Swedes grow about 1 620 000 meters of hair every year, much of which is thrown away and burnt. This is the basis of the The Bare Hair project, the idea of recycling materials to make new things, creating furniture from hair that would otherwise be discarded of.

Bare Hair was developed for Studio Västra Sandgatan, a Swedish hair studio in Helsingborg, Sweden. Collecting hair waste, using it to fill poufs, made the costumers part of the process of making furniture. The project is essentially about finding possibilities and functionality in that which would otherwise be considered ugly. The transparent poufs, highlighting the originality of the stuffing, makes the product dynamic: its color and shape can be changed depending on the stuffing, lending uniqueness to each pouf. There is hope in the idea that old things may have new uses, bringing new things to life, retaining the soul of what they are made of.

The Bare Hair Project will be exhibited at Swedens largest museum of cultural history, Nordiska muséet. The exhibition “Hair” opens in October 2012.

  • clemensauer


  • LOW

    Direct from Auschwitz

  • wpgmb

    what about human skin instead of plastic?

  • kyle


  • remember

    or some other konzentrationlager — "Vit Makt"?? crazy swedish people or friends of breivik ??

    • dexter

      that was in norway, not sweden. reagardless clearly this furniture piece is a provocation and you kids are falling for it.

  • fromageplus

    With the compliments of Robespierre and Turreau.

  • Kris

    Great, and why not fill your transparent waterbed with pee, which would otherwise also be thrown away…

  • Veronika

    why is it any more 'gross' than animal fur or feathers?
    i like.

  • Chris

    I think the revulsion is created from the rather cannibalist use of human bi-products.

    We eat the meat from animals but we don’t eat the meat from humans.

    In the same way; we use the hair of animals in the same way that we don’t use the hair of humans; in most cases.

    It’s an understandable revulsion; and the repulsion of it is nothing more than the understandably hypocritical.

    To be fair, why do we not find the principles of Humanity disgusting?

  • Bhavnesh

    From a practical standpoint, the hair appears to make sense – it makes a suitable padding material, reduces waste volume, and reduces carbon (?) as a by-product from incineration.

    However, the 'embodied energy' of outsourcing the hair, transportation involved, and small scale operation, doesn't give it any ecological credentials – something that is often overlooked.

    What I find more disturbing than the use of human hair (we use animal fur don't we?), is the clear plastic cover would be uncomfortable to sit on. Sweaty bum anyone?

  • guest

    disgusting- reminds me of Auschwitz, where you can find the big containers of hair..