The competition required participants to develop new ideas, in order to rethink how plastic waste can be remodeled using circular design thinking, emphasizing the circular economy and exploring a new social balance by engaging communities. The idea is to operate in the light of social design, in order to build a sustainable place of social encounter.

“Little Great Things” project consists in a system of modules that can be combined by people in a creative way. This system allows co-working and social meetings, stimulating visual communication and interaction among individuals. Juan and Begüm designed a place for digital nomads living different contemporary lifestyles that includes aspects of circular economy and social furniture, characterized by free-flowing curves and co-working type functionalities.

Designing modular and flexible products to leverage large scale 3D additive printing and giving new life to recycled plastic waste. The modular and flexible product design has a distinct aesthetic, creates spontaneity and fits to the edges of public spaces where people can naturally feel safe. Materials are fabricated from recycled waste and given new life which illustrates the intelligence of new approaches to technologies, business models and partnerships between public and private sectors.

Developed by Particle, a global community connected by art, with the support of the Embassy of Italy in Kuala Lumpur, Social Furniture is a design contest that calls for new ideas to rethink how waste plastic can be reshaped into social furniture using circular design thinking.

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