Sam Lander

Manchester-based designer Sam Lander specializes in making furniture from waste materials. His 'polytable' — a colourful piece wrapped with stringy strands— has been made by melting polystyrene salvaged from TV packaging that otherwise would have gone into landfill. Lander has spent the last years experimenting with this unique material, trying to understand its potential and key properties.

Despite the trials and tribulations of working with polystyrene, it’s a route of investigation that Lander is keen to pursue, as he is excited to discover its full potential. He has started with colouring and marbling the material, and the next step is to experiment with vacuum-forming.   

To learn about the material, contact the Building Centre's Content Editor, Anna Marks,