Sustainable Design & Industrial Design
2013- Pre Masters, Berlin Germany
"I'd seen bins full of food being locked and then trucked off to landfill sites, and I thought, surely there is something more sensible to do with food than waste it." -Tristram Stuart
When the term "object" is mentioned, people tend to think only about furniture, computers, and clothes, among other things. However, the focus here is to broaden the definition of this term and suggest that "objects" encompasses anything from a scrap of paper to a car.
These things have a deeper role than what they were initially created for. There is a subconscious relationship or connection that exists between humans and objects, which goes beyond their practical use and has a psychological component.
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Humans + Nature
The aim here is to transform unwanted objects by changing their identity, thereby playing with people's perceptions and vision of how they look at things, and ultimately revealing the object's personality.
In this case study, the chosen object is orange waste, which is often considered rubbish and neglected because people perceive it as being worthless. However, in this experimental process, the vision was to dissect and understand its personality to uncover its abilities, and finally, rebirth it into unique forms to prove its usefulness for future uses.
The complete process takes about four steps. Firstly, blend all the orange peels together with three tablespoons of molasses into a paste. Secondly, lay the paste into a mold; I chose a ceramic bowl for easy removal.
The third step is to leave it to dry above a furnace. In this application, a furnace heater is better than an oven for air circulation to prevent it from burning. After removing it from the mold, the final step is to lightly sand any uneven edges and seal it with a natural matte varnish for preservation. Voila! A new object is born.
Exhibition piece, ironed orange peels dried in an oven