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Product by UCA student that addresses Indonesian landfill features on major design blog

With mounting landfill in the Indonesian capital, as well as the city’s relatively uninspiring public seating, one of our students has featured in to talk about her creative, eco-friendly solution: the Warna Bench.

BA (Hons) Product Design student Kristina Suryani, who is from Jakarta, focused on creating the seating out of recycled plastic during her third year, and was approached by the design blog after her product was spotted on Instagram.  

“It felt amazing to feature,” Kristina said. “This is a huge step forward for me. At first I was just posting my work on Instagram, so I was honoured when asked to interview me.

“The waste management system in Indonesia is not as advanced as it is in developed countries. Jakarta has got a landfill that's infamous for its mountainous pile of rubbish and it's been a problem for years. For my third year theme, all of my products were made from recycled materials – mainly plastics – so that they can be used in Jakarta to help solve the problem. That's how I came up with the Warna Bench – a simple public seating structure made from recycled plastics.”

Kristina, who has just graduated from UCA Rochester, hopes to begin an MA and focus more on sustainability, developing products which support and improve Indonesia’s waste management system.

Kristina added: “The beauty of recycled plastics is that they're very random. The randomness of the colours makes the product interesting as when you see it from afar it looks plain, but as you see it up close, you can spot the details of the plastics that were used to make it. If this bench is mass produced, it will be made entirely of recycled plastics, as at the moment the legs are made of steel and covered with recycled plastic raffia.”

To read the feature on and her Warna Bench, visit

Kristina Suryani Warna Bench