PlastiFantasti is a vibrant HIFI system designed for the circular economy made from CNC milled and folded sheets of recycled HDPE with an emphasis on product disassembly and reassembly.
Designed by industrial designer Lior Amsterdam, PlastiFantasti aims to tackle the issue of plastic and electronic waste by developing new and smart technologies for the use of recycled plastic.
We all know that waste is a big problem. Plastic, in particular, has a bad image but the real problem is the economic model. The current 'linear' model where everyday products are just made, used and disposed of is completely unsustainable and pollutes our environment. Transitioning to a 'circular' model replaces the disposal phase with a variety of different and more sustainable options such as reusing, refurbishing, recycling.
The ultimate goal of a circular economy is to design out waste and designers play an important role in this process. It means re-thinking and re-designing the way we make stuff. Designing products that last longer and are made up of recycled materials and/or that can be clearly recycled (including disassembly and separation of materials). It means designing out waste and designing products that can be 'made to be made again'.
A more sustainable way to listen to your music
PlastiFantasti is a great example of a new generation of designers rethinking our relationship to everyday things. In the design, Amsterdam placed emphasis on using fewer parts, limited range of raw materials and increase accessibility for repair and disassembly.
The result is a HIFI system consisting of a pair or active speakers and a turntable.
The enclosures are made from sheets of colourful recycled HDPE - an opaque plastic used to make products including milk bottles and carrier bags - and steel sheets.
The final product can be assembled without the need for screws, staples or glue or any additional connecting parts – only integral geometric locks.
The construction method of this design is particularly relevant to technology as it increases the speed and ease of taking it apart for repair, remanufacturing and recycling. Streamlining the process allows for easy material separation of the case for recycling, as well as salvaging of the internal electronics for e-cycling.
PlastiFantasti was nominated by the Green Future Club for the Green Concept Award 2021.
Design for Disassembly and Reassembly PlastiFantasti has been designed so that the parts can be separated and reassembled easily for recycling, repair or reuse. It uses fewer parts and can be assembled without the need for screws, staples or glue.
Design for Recycled Content PlastiFantasti is made from CNC milled and folded sheets of recycled HDPE - an opaque plastic used to make products including milk bottles and carrier bags. Keeping plastic that has already been produced in use and as a replacement for virgin plastic reduces emissions and waste.