Otago Polytechnic

Twelve Otago Polytechnic Design students have turned scrapped strops into designer seating.

The strops, from the building site of Otago Polytechnic’s new Student Village, were destined for landfill, but the canny students saw a use for them.

They’ve woven them to make seating, based on a design in a 1956 DIY magazine.

Senior Design Lecturer, Gavin O’Brien, also found some old car seat belts.

“John, at John’s Seatbelt Sales & Service, has been saving all the old seatbelts that didn’t make warrant. Our students have made them into these handmade chairs,” he says.

The project was part of an Interdisciplinary Studio – where students from different disciplines work together on a shared brief. They used the Epic Centre in A Block to produce their creations.

Epic Centre Technician, Ken Wyber, is already looking to the project’s future.

“Next time, we can use the CNC (Computer Numerical Control) router which will cut all the wood out digitally,” he says.

The students keep their own chair – one will even travel home with an exchange student to Switzerland!

Pictured: Ken Wyber and Gavin O'Brien try out the new seats.

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