Recreated from Dust
DOEN | Materiaalprijs nominee Jo Meesters thinks without experimentation designers can not learn. Finding energy-efficient ways to produce, and smart ways of reusing materials is essential.
Just as Dutch Design Week kicks off later this month, the winner of the DOEN | Materiaalprijs will be announced. It is awarded for the best use of new sustainable materials and innovative techniques. We talk with one of the nominees, Jo Meesters about his project Farrago / Reconstructing Particles.
Farrago is a series of containers and small furniture pieces made from industrial wood waste and residual materials. The objects are the outcome of Meesters’ project “Reconstructing Particles”. With this project he tries to turn around the fate of most objects, which is to turn into dust – in other words he is recreating objects from dust.
Moulds are covered layer by layer with a mixture of wood residues and wood dust that have first been mixed with cellulose, sawdust, wood flour and glue. Even the wood used to make the moulds has been discarded. The production process also is achieved using sheltered workshops.
“In the end, the whole process – from the materials to production – is more important to me than the product itself,” says Meesters. “At least for me it is more rewarding knowing there is a bigger picture behind the end products.”
Ideally, his goal is for this research to lead to the establishment of a local factory that can run on it’s own, creating goods out of waste material.
The products can be used and reused. The wood dust itself is combined with cellulose glue and wood glue that easily disintegrates when soaked in water. The finishes are natural oils or wood glue mixed with water. The furniture is fully functional and the vessels can store dried goods. The only downside is the vessels are not waterproof. “I refuse to use chemicals to make them water resistant,” says Meesters.
But imperfection and failure are all part of the experimentation process which Meesters stresses is imperative. "Without it designer can not learn,” he says. “It is only through experimenting with materials that one can fully realize their potential.”
The Farrago project on wood waste is just the beginning of Meester’s research into the effective reuse of waste. “The goal of ‘Reconstructing Particles’ is to map out locally found waste from the industrial industries and agricultural sector,” he says. “Because of the immense size of the project I started with a local wooden furniture maker.”
The DOEN | Materiaalprijs will be awarded on the opening day of Dutch Design Week on October 22nd. The ceremony will be held at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven. The site contains a full list of the nominees 2012.
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