For a long time, Senegalese-French furniture designer Bibi Seck, one half of product design duo Birsel + Seck, wanted to produce local furniture in Senegal. But it wasn’t until he linked up with Transtech, a maker of cisterns and septic tanks using recycled plastic, that the project became feasible. The fruit of the partnership is the Taboo Collection of furniture, made in Dakar, Senegal from 75% recycled garbage bags and plastic bottles.
From Seck’s description:
Taboo stool and table draw inspiration from the daily habits of Western Africans, who traditionally sit on stools or squat on the floor around low tables to eat from a communal tray laden with food and then spend hours conversing and drinking Attaya tea, a potent gun-powder black tea infused with mint leaves and quantities of sugar. Taboo pieces come in a myriad of colors—, corals, blues, greens—, depending on the color of the recycled plastic content, lending the pieces a visual quality reminiscent of “careaux cassées,” the broken tile floors so popular in Dakar. Taboo pieces can be used indoors or outdoors.
Photos: Bibi Seck