How would you like to purchase beautiful, functional, collectable objects designed by some of the world's best designers... and clean up our oceans at the same time?
Supercyclers' Sarah K & Andrew Simpson have developed a new material created from 100% recycled plastic collected from Australian beaches after it has been dumped out of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Most of us have seen pictures of these swirling masses of plastic waste, delivered via ocean currents into two major concentrations between Japan and California. There is also microplastic so tiny that it is ingested by marine life and is devastating marine ecosystems in a myriad of ways.
Plastic waste from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is washing up in our tides onto our beaches – we have all found plastic debris on the shoreline when beachcombing. We have chosen to see this waste as a resource, collect it and use it to create something beautiful and useful.
Supercyclers follow the premise that simply making recycled products from waste, can be improved by a bit of design thinking, the focus was on creating something so beautiful and useful that you would forget that it was once a plastic mess in our oceans.
Marine Debris Bakelite Colour Samples
Marine Debris Bakelite is characterised by a marbled quality that references early Bakelite in look, weight and density. It is made from 100% recycled ocean plastic by using small scale industrial and hand manufacturing processes developed entirely by us.
Marine Debris Bento Box image by Nat Turnbull photo Scott Newett
Our first product, the Marine Debris Bento Box was launched at Tokyo Design Week in 2015. It has been successfully sold and used by customers since, and has effectively provided a proof of concept product for us to launch this next stage of the project.
This is where you come in...
You can pre-purchase the tabletop objects in the first Marine Debris Bakelite Collection here.
In doing so you are helping us raise the funds for the production of the MDB Project and in the process, helping to clean up our oceans.
Each product bought requires plastic that our ocean collection partner will remove from the beach and give to us and is no longer in the ocean - it's a very direct approach.
Investing in Good Design :
The Marine Debris Bakelite Collection
We have created a collection out of Marine Debris Bakelite which comprises 11 pieces designed for tabletop use by some of the world’s best, most interesting and engaging designers.
The objects in the collection are available to purchase here as rewards:
Table Light by Greece is For Lovers, Cup by Kirstie Van Noort, Sugar Bowl, Creamer, Tray Trio by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, Jug by Jonathan Zawada, Serving Bowl by Jasper Morrison, Chef's Tweezers by Martì Guixè, Plates by Formafantasma, Bento Box by supercyclers.
To purchase go to the rewards section at the top of the page on your phone or on the side bar on your computer.
Jasper Morrison – (UK) the designer's designer, Jasper is well known for his no-nonsense pared back approach to design and his love of the supernormal; design whose usefulness gives rise to its form. Jasper has designed for us a large elegantly curved serving bowl that might be used to serve a salad or hold fruit.
Formafantasma – (IT/NL) Sicilian stars of the design firmament Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin create narratives around their work that are particularly seductive – and back this approach with a beautiful idiosyncratic aesthetic. Their work is held in many public and private Museum and Art Gallery Collections throughout the world, and in fact, there are not a lot of Formafantasma pieces that you have the opportunity to buy and have yourself, so we are feeling pretty privileged... You can too as you eat your meal from their MDB plates.
Jonathan Zawada – (AUS/US) Jonathan is a versatile artist, product and digital designer. You will know his work, perhaps without knowing it, because he is the award-winning artist behind Flume's album cover and film clips for 'Skin'.
His 'Percent' Water Jug is going to make your table look very cool.
Greece Is For Lovers – (Gr) With their own brand of humour, GIFL take a light-hearted approach to design, drawing on the wealth of iconic Greek design history, ancient and modern, beautiful and kitsch. The broken remnant of a Corinthian column as a table light is the perfect GIFL response to our brief – Marine Debris Bakelite, where the traditional marble would have been.
Kirstie Van Noort – (NL) Based in the Netherlands, Kirstie is a designer who has made research and the results of her findings central to her practice. Her beautiful glazes derived from different minerals in the landscapes of specific places set her ceramic works apart. The cup Kirstie has designed is our most accessible product price-wise – if you just had one it could be used for your bed-side water, or even a place to keep your toothbrush.
Martì Guixé – (Sp) Martì is a genius designer who has created his own visual language, even his own visual world, in his long and colourful career. He connects his sense of humour to food and to design in a beautiful bizarre love triangle. He is responsible for the term food design and we would argue he is the unsung hero of the world wide food revolution of the last several years. So it is fitting that he would design something that is really only so useful in the food industry of the most recent times: the chef's tweezers, so that you can perfectly place your micro herbs and edible flowers with maximum ease : )
Ladies & Gentlemen Studio – (US) These guys – Dylan Davis and Jean Lee, who live and work in New York – are just very good at geometric, Memphis-inspired design. And not just the form, but also the material, colour, light, shade, proportion – all of it. You can be confident that the sugar bowl, creamer and tray trio they have designed is going to double as something really nice to look at and use every day.
Your pledge will enable us to go into production and make these beautiful products for you. It's a made-to-order scenario...no waste - we just fulfil the orders we get.
Having people who are interested and motivated to be a part of this project, become the investors behind the project, makes a lot of sense to us. We want to be aligned with you - with individuals and small business people, even big business who might want to contribute - people who care about our oceans, and who care about good design.
We like the idea that a lot of people together can make this project happen – it seems like the perfect way to make it work.
Supercyclers was founded by designer and curator Sarah K in order to address and elevate the issues of sustainability in design. With a strong emphasis on aesthetic and form, Supercyclers seeks to focus the conversation on creating original sustainable solutions in design thinking, with respect to materiality, function, longevity...
Sydney based industrial designer Andrew Simpson has been a part of Supercyclers pretty much from the outset. His industrial design practice Vert Design is responsible for the creation and production of around 100 products a year. Vert helped set up and works in partnership with Best Practice Plastics, a factory offering sustainable plastic solutions in the industry. .
How The Funds Will Be Used
The funds from this Pozible campaign will enable us to produce the objects in the Marine Debris Bakelite Collection.
It will pay for the ocean shoreline collection carried out by our partners Ocean Collection; design, pre-production, CAD modelling, 3D print prototyping, mould-making and subsequently making the products to fulfil the orders that you have made by pledging. The entire production will take place in Sydney at the Vert Design HQ in Chippendale.
Selling the items to you at a retail price during the pozible campaign, is going to allow us to cover the cost of making your item and also the set up for production of the whole Marine Debris Bakelite collection.
Should we go over our target it just means that you have pledged to order more beautiful, sustainable products.
Because our business model is making to order, any additional funds will go directly into creating the products you have ordered through your pledges.
Because we have already done the ground work and tested our Marine Debris Bakelite Bento Box for Supercyclers, we think this project is pretty risk-free. We will be using exactly the same production methods for the Marine Debris Bakelite Collection - creating metal moulds and then gently heating the material in a purpose-built injection moulding machine. The MDB Bento Box has tested both the aesthetic and structural aspects of the material and we are very happy with both.
A couple of the larger pieces in the new range are going to push the boundaries of the material, but also showcase the colours, textures and patterns we can achieve in the material in a way we haven't before - so we are excited to see how this evolves.
All the pieces in the Marine Debris Bakelite Project collection are coated in a wax resin to ensure their food safety.