Junk Munkez

Knit-Knacks, stools, 2012

Washing machine drum, fan cage, yarn, textiles,
H ranging from 25–32, Ø ranging from 45–50 cm
Series: Nordic, Snowflake and Arabesque models
Photo: Frank Kleinbach, © ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)

In their line, the two designers create sturdy stools by using old washing machine drums. The stools build on Arab and Islamic tradition of design where colorful geometry used to cover building and artifacts.

Junk Munkez is a start-up that is the collaboration between designers Lea Kirdikian and Xavier Baghdadi aiming at designing eco-friendly products with eco-conscious ethics. The team resides in Beirut, Lebanon and is on a mission to conquer their local junkyards and trash heaps. Their designs are colorful and fun furnishings inspired by local design and aesthetics. There is no awareness of the value and importance of re-cycling in Lebanon. Under such conditions, Junk Munkez’s work becomes of high social relevance since it also has an educational role. Their designs and products educate who ever sees it, buys it and uses it. The team also plans workshops for children and adults where they try to teach DIY and RRR principles to the larger community. By breathing life to in to the landfills and junkyards of Beirut they hope that their work will push their community and other designers to think "green" as well.

Junk Munkez: Knit-Knacks, stools 2012; photo: Frank Kleinbach, © ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)
Photo: Frank Kleinbach, © ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)
Laura Jungmann & Cornelius Réer
Tobias Juretzek