The re-usable aspect of diverse materials has been a source of inspiration and innovation for many designers. Novelty backed by the âgreenâ label can bring encouraging results. The significance of recycling and re-using ingredients has been capturing increased interest from diverse spheres emerging with innovative designs and ideas.
The âUnpolishedâ has been made considering the re-usable aspect of its ingredients. It has been conceived by Dik Scheepers, a Dutch designer. It emerges in the Toegepast 16. The Z33, aimed at establishing and developing comprehensive and multidisciplinary project workings, shall be having âUnpolishedâ in its gallery until February 5th next year. The Zuivelmarkt 33 (or Z33) presents contemporary art and design in thematic projects. Dik Scheeprs has made the design out of a combination of discarded paper and cement. In certain cases, like table, chair, desk, stool and cabinets, timber has also been used to provide a strong platform accomplishing the design.
Dik has been motivated by papercrete, which is a newly developed construction material, in creating these designs. The ease of use and simple ingredients seemed temping for the designer to try his skills. The papercrete has found wide applicability in making blocks and houses.
Dik was inclined to give a different dimension to the material. Being economical and versatile, the papercrete (although being still in an experimental stage), using the material was apparently not that difficult for the designer. With some limitations, like the bad pouring conditions and elongated drying time required, the designer could frame potentially worthy figures. Experimenting with different paper types furnished diverse characters to the designs.
Ascertaining the actual potential of this contrast combination of cement and discarded paper may be need some time, given the advantages and limitations. The idea though seems encouraging and attractive. The design which emerges is closer to being environment- friendly; but standardization is absent. Besides, precision and experience are needed when handling such contents. The contrast between roughness (of the material) and soft paper can potentially be an attraction.