There are lots of factors that come to mind when weighing the environmental and social responsibility of a product, like where it’s made, what it’s made of, and the conditions of those who made it. Designers are starting to pay closer attention to the manufacturing methods, too, to ensure the least possible waste at the end of the process. Rather than address the issue at fabrication HQ with stuff he designed himself, Münster-based Samuel Treindl opted to demonstrate the creative potential inherent in furniture that’s already on the market.

For his Parasitic Production series, Treindl deconstructed several ubiquitous IKEA pieces; by hacking strategic chunks out of some of the Scando giant’s most basic offerings, he was able to create entirely new, usable items from the offcuts, while maintaining functionality on the originals. The customized results are super clever —clocks and lamps and hooks, oh my!—and it makes you wonder what he, and other like-minded types, could come up with given access to the actual leftover debris from major manufacturers. [Junk Culture, Dezeen]