Beautiful waste: The incredible work of recycling genius Ariane Prin

Ariane Prin

At WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors we live and breathe design, continually exploring new names and products for hours on end.

This is why we love to know the stories behind brands, and when a fresh project with a solid narrative happens to come under our radar, we’re always eager to share it. That’s what happened when we saw this beautiful video by London-based, French designer, Ariane Prin

We’ve followed her work since her graduation from the Royal College of Art in 2011, for which she created a project on recycling waste from her fellow design students and turned it into drawing pencils. Since then, she has gone on to cultivate her personal approach to design with artist residencies and workshops across Europe, exhibiting at the various Design Weeks too.

This year, she is expanding on her RUST project, which caught our eye already as an influencer for our Artisan A/W 16/17 macro trends report. Developing on the core theme behind her work, the material research on waste and its potential as a raw material for new product production, she now looks at the metal dust created by key cutting and other metal working, and mixes it with plaster and an eco-resin called jesmonite.

Ariane Prin

Ariane Prin

The pots, trays, vases and boxes made through this process will then evolve with time and use, as the metal dust oxidises and gives each item unique and varying texture and colour.

The video caught our eye as it offers a very poetic insight on the whole process that goes behind the creation of the products. We too often forget the time, craftsmanship, dedication – you could say the love, actually – behind these young designers’ work.

Ariane Prin

Ariane Prin

Passion drives exploration and experimentation, involving often many sacrifices and bold choices, and resulting in projects with a soul and a story to tell that we should make the time to listen to.

MORE: WGSN L&I subscribers can read more about the new waste materials and aesthetics in our Beautiful Waste report.

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