October 4, 2008 3:00 am

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Designers who work with recycled materials are hardly unusual nowadays and most people would agree that the more that do so the better. But much more rare are those who are willing or able to create several different objects from the same item.

Graphic artist and teacher François Royer does just that. Using oil barrels, he has created the Stanker collection, which includes items such as chairs, tables, barbecues, shelving units and lights, priced from €300.

Featured on www.psfk.com, Royer made his first barrel creation in his Paris basement in 2003, establishing a design company, Motxo (pronounced Motcho) Design (www.stanker.design.free.fr), and extending his recycling range to include shopping trolleys and washing machine drums.

Nicholas Spencer

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