At this year Milan Design Week, Alcarol presented OCEAN NETWORKS_ Collection in a world premiere.
The project aims to represent one of the main problems submerged in the oceans of our planet: the ghost nets, and part of the solution.
640,000 tons of fishing nets are abandoned in our oceans every year, turning millions of sea creatures into victims.
Fishing nets are also made of nylon, a high-performance plastic that is now also completely recyclable.
The tabletops of Alcarol prototypes are made of some coloured nets from the oceans melted together with ECONYL® polymer, produced through an innovative and sustainable chemical process that regenerates nylon waste including fishing and aquaculture.
The tabletops of these prototypes are multicolored since they melt together nets of various colors, dramatically tangled as in the seabed, with a surprising marbled effect.
The legs of the tables are made of glass slabs and aluminum fixings – two of the best examples of recyclable materials in the world – simply wedged and screwed in the nylon tabletops, so each part can be easily removed in order to make the prototypes 100% recyclable in the future.
Through the transparency and reflections of the glass at different heights, the coloured fishing nets of the tabletops seem to float, as an abstract reflection about the fragile condition of our oceans.