[ VEIL STOOL ]
The amount of plastic waste being produced due to the Coronavirus Pandemic is shocking. Despite reusable alternatives, billion's of face masks are being used each month; these are often ending up in landfill or littering our environment.
The Veil Stool is made from over 4,000 discarded disposable face masks collected from the streets of London during the Coronavirus pandemic. On collection, the face masks were disinfected with ozone spray and quarantined in sunlight for 4 weeks. The stool was created on an experimental discovery that 3-ply face masks can be spun into a soft yarn as well as being melted into a dense polypropylene structure.
Globally, we use 129 billion face masks every month. That translates to 3 million per minute.
- National Geographic
1:5 Scale Prototype
Proportion and gradient study from blue to white yarn made from the top and bottom layers of 3-ply face masks.
The Veil Stool consists of a curved structure with threaded yarn body that is knotted with a smyrna technique, this sits on top of a base with 3 supporting legs; highlighting both the strength and softness disposable face masks can be formed into.
The name 'Veil' comes from the notion of a veil being a fine material used to conceal the face, similar to that of a face mask. Veil's are generally considered beautiful and therefore the name implies that it can be possible to see beauty in an object that is often disregarded such as a face mask.