The Trendy-Tub: Recycled Storage Containers Become Furniture & More

Trendy Tub Recycled Storage

The latest creation from Gerard Dumora and Jacqueline Lauth of Pacific Art Design is a smart and artful re-purposing of basic cardboard and galvanized steel tubs.

Trendy-Tub Recycled Storage

Trendy Tub Recycled Storage

The Trendy-Tub recycles storage containers are made in France. An example of functional and fun eco design. it’s a barrel made of a very resistant type of cardboard, encircled by two metal-rings and a lid made of galvanized metal.

The factory, from which Trendy-Tub buys the barrels, used to recycle the lids only because it is difficult to recycle products made of two materials – you have to separate them and it’s a costly process for which you need special machines. This is the moment that Trendy-Tub intervenes by buying the barrels that once served only for transporting flour.

The barrels are like new, sometimes with little defects on the lid, which they easily fix by using a hammer.

The tubs are then decorated. Wrapped in a specially printed paper (the type used for billboards) and offered in two sizes. The designs are endless; Graffiti, Steampunk, Pop Art, Retro, Manga, Surf art, Baroque, Floral, Animal Prints, Plaids and so much more. Plus, you can create your own custom ones.

Here are a few examples to show you how varied the styles of art are:

The dimensions of the Trendy-Tub are perfect for either a chair or table. The small version has a height of 44.5 cm, a diameter of 41.5 cm and weighs only 3.9 kg. The big version is 74 cm high, has a diameter of 46 cm and weighs 5 kg. Both dimensions correspond to the standard-heights of seats and tables.

The Trendy-Tub® can be used in multiple ways: storage (dry dog food, laundry basket, cushions, blankets, etcetera), seat, table (bedside, console table, pedestal table). It’s useful and decorative and finds a place anywhere, even in small interiors. They can transform the tub into furniture as well; coffee table, dining table, shelves and even pendant lamps.

Below is their booth at Maison et Object show in September, 2009

Wall Clocks
In addition to the simple tubs, they have turned the lids into clocks:

Wall Art

As chairs and tables:

Storage or shelving:

Pendant lamps and floor seats, all made from the same recycled tubs:

When the barrels arrive in their warehouse, they decorate them using “trendy” wallpapers or designs from artists, which they print on a special type of paper (used for outside-advertising posters).

Below are three very different examples of artwork available.
trendy tubs containers art

The choice of designs is huge, as mentioned above, and can be categorized in different collections: off-beat, humorous, artistic, childish, romantic, etc… and they can even customize your Trendy-Tub® with your own photos or logos. They also offer a raw-version.

Trendy tub Recycled Storage Containers

Since this was originally posted, Pacific Art Design of France and Trendy-Tub no longer exist. Instead Eco-designer Gerard Dumora now runs Vortex-X with Jacqueline Lauth as Assistant Art Director.