Saturday, April 12, 2008

Trashy nightstand

Make: n/a
Model: n/a
Size: n/a
Color: Black and Silver
Part: n/a
MSRP: n/a
Paid: $0.00
Made in: n/a

Date purchased: 04/12/2008
n/w?: Need

Comment: In the last few weeks, a number of people have been moving out of my building and they've been abandoning a variety of things in the garbage room. A lot of it is shocking and illustrates the problem with our disposable consumer culture and the idea that a place called "away" actually exists. I have seen everything from printers, sofas, rugs, mirrors, dressers, lamps, brooms, and more–just abandoned as useless. These things, most of them plastic, will go sit in a pile somewhere for much longer than our children and grandchildren will ever see. I have done my best to salvage things that I needed and others I've actually carried to the thrift store that's just 2 blocks away. I considered keeping a working microwave, but decided that I enjoy not having one. It forces me to cook instead of relying on frozen meals when I get lazy. Anyway, I've wanted a bedside table for a while now, but haven't considered it a necessity, and haven't gone out of my way to find one I like. So, while this is not something I would have paid for, it serves a functional purpose and will be kept out of the waste stream for a little while longer. If you have the time, this video The Story of Stuff, takes an informative look at our cultures production and consumption habits.


matthew_machine said...

Though I admire your desire to cook, microwaves are a super efficient tool. 30-60 seconds of heating accomplishes what it often takes an oven to do in 18 minutes! That's a hell of a difference. If you think about it, it makes perfect sense. The oven is heating itself and all the air around it.. and most of it is getting lost and not going into the food, whereas with the microwave... oh man! Science is great!

Pieter Jan Rosiers said...

I was going through the stuff you bought, and it seems that you buy almost everything first hand, and make nothing yourself. While something as expensive as that pointer table could easily be made by yourself.

Don't they have second-hand stores in New York? A lot of the 'cooler' stuff I have, was bought at a second hand store and then re-painted or re-furbished by me.

Example: I made a cool low lounge-chair by buying a chair with a big seat and low back from a second hand store for 75 cents, I re-painted it and changed the fabric on the seat and the back. In all the project cost me around 15 dollars and now I have a nice, unique loungechair to my own taste.

You should try it, it makes you feel better knowing that it's made by you and that it's been used by someone else already, and 'rescued' by you, so that it wasn't destroyed in a pollutive way.

.BWJ. said...

Actually all of my furniture, except for my bed and desk stool, have been bought second hand or salvaged from the garbage.

Building things requires tools, which I don't have, or have access too. And a space to build. I live in a fairly small apartment in Chicago, a wood shop isn't something I have room or ventilation for.

Someday I look forward to that option.