Waste Glass Gains Keepsake Quality with Local Motif
The mounting emphasis on sustainability sees waste being reintroduced into new product. However, for this eco-friendly focus to ring true, recycled materials must gain a sense of value in order to avoid being thrown away again. Kim Stanek achieves this by drawing inspiration from his Sydney surroundings to transform waste glass into covetable tableware.
The Australian designer’s collection, Celebration of Sand, is inspired by the pitted rock found along the country’s eroding sandstone coastline. To create an organic form, Stanek collected sand from a nearby beach to cast a mould that bears the realistic, dappled look of rock worn down by seawater. Discarded glass is reheated over this mould to take on its shape before being sandblasted to achieve a soft-touch surface that mimics the look of gradual wear.
The project explores the role of sentimentality in forging sustainable relationships with product. As we explore in our Macro Trend report Crafting Modern Connections, consumers are using products to connect to their personal history and family roots. By referencing a motif that derives from a local environment, the collection gains emotional value by communicating the experience of a targeted group of people.
This emotive approach to design is particularly relevant to products that incorporate recycled materials, as it drives the desirability of waste and promotes better ownership by rebranding goods as keepsakes to be cherished and passed on.
For more on how crafted details are breathing new life into waste, see our S/S 20 Design Direction Journey.