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.
Marine Debris Bakelite is characterised by a marbled quality that references early Bakelite in look, weight and density.
Marine Debris Bakelite Colour Samples
Our first Marine Debris Bakelite Collection comprises 11 pieces for tabletop use, designed by some of the world's best designers. A Cup by Kirstie Van Noort, Jug by Jonathan Zawada, Serving Bowl by Jasper Morrison, Chef's Tweezers by Martì Guixè, Sugar Bowl, Creamer, Tray Trio by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, Bento Box by supercyclers, Plates by Formafantasma & a Table Light by Greece is For Lovers.
Marine Debris Bakelite Colllection
Doing Something About The Great Pacific Garbage Patch;
a resource for a new material
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. And that's just the stuff we can see. There is also microplastic so tiny that it is ingested by marine life and is devastating marine ecosystems in a myriad of ways, not the least of which is that the fish we eat are full of it.
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. You can play an important part in helping to clean up this problem too...
How you can help clean up our oceans?
By purchasing one or a set of the MDB Collection you are becoming an active investor in the MDB Project and helping to clean up the ocean. It's a very direct approach: each product bought and used is plastic that is no longer in the ocean – and you have made that happen.
Marine Debris Bakelite Bento Box by supercyclers
Investing in Good Design :
The Marine Debris Bakelite Collection
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 insanely 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.
A Closed Loop Production: so, so sustainable
One of the most beautiful things about this campaign is that by purchasing the products, you are enabling us to go into production and make your order. It's a made-to-order scenario that means we don't make any more than we actually need. No waste – we just fulfil the orders we get. That's a sustainable business model.
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 – who care about our oceans, 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...
The Marine Debris Bakelite Project
has been a couple of years in the making...
Sydney based industrial designer Andrew Simpson who has been a part of supercyclers pretty much from the outset, and Sarah K first put their heads together over the Marine Debris problem to follow the supercycling premise that simply making recycled products from waste, could be improved by a bit of design thinking, testing and focus on creating something equally beautiful as sustainable.
Andrew's 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. .
The Marine Debris Bakelite Bento Box, our first product was launched at Tokyo Design Week in 2015 as part of For School. It has been successfully sold and used since, and has effectively provided a proof of concept product for us to launch this next stage of the project.
Marine Debris Bento Boxes
How The Funds Will Be Used
The funds from the pozible campaign will allow us to produce the objects in the Marine Debris Bakelite range.
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 then subsequently the making of the products in order to fulfil the orders that you make by puchasing them. The entire production will take place in Sydney at the Vert Design HQ in Chippendale.
All those involved in the production of this project are working at half their normal rate to allow the project to happen.
Should we go over our target, it will mean that we will be creating more products for you, and so the funds will be used to produce them.
We think this project is pretty risk-free. As we have already produced the Marine Debris Bakelite Bento Box for supercyclers using exactly the same production methods from MDB – 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.