The Sea Chair Project

Solving the problem of plastic, one chair at a time

A solution for marine debris that turns the discarded plastic clogging oceans and beaches into building material, and the disused boats in our fishing fleets into mobile chair-making factories.

About this project

  • Project idea:
    The Sea Chair Project addresses the growing problem of the accumulating plastic waste in our Oceans. We have made a machine that collects and processes the plastic from other marine debris ready for reuse. We are looking for funding to turn a small fishing trawler into a fully functioning chair making factory and produce a small series of chairs to be exhibited at Milan 2012.


    We think the problem of plastic in our Oceans is too vast to tackle with one solution; it needs lots of different approaches. We approached the project by visiting Britain’s most polluted beach for micro-marine debris & decided to tackle the problem on a local level, engaging with the areas existing industry & local communities. We have joined various beach cleans across the UK & have collected a large quantity of micro plastic that we hope to use to bring awareness to this global problem.

    We believe that by tackling the problem on a local level we can empower people to overcome seemingly insurmountable problems collectively.

Project Team / Group name

Alexander Groves

Azusa Murakami

Kieran Jones


Royal College of Art
London UK

The Royal College of Art (the RCA) is an art school located in London, United Kingdom. It is the world’s only wholly postgraduate university of art and design, offering the degrees of Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). It has had university status since 1967.

Project Documents