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REMAKE CERAMICS - Tableware 'Future History'

Mid 2017, Fabrique Publique started research into the possibility of reusing broken and/or discarded ceramics as a valuable resource for new tableware. 

It is clear that we cannot go on producing the way we are producing today, or we will create mountains of waste, losing tonnes of valuable materials. This is also the case with ceramics. Once we break a plate, mug or cup, we throw it into the waste bin and it goes to the incinerator.

With ‘Remake ceramics’, Fabrique Publique uses the waste material and makes it a valuable resource for new products. 

The first tests with recycled ceramics are applied to a new set of tableware called ‘Future history’. The tableware shows what recycled content means for tactility and outlook of the designs. The tableware itself is based on simple geometrical shapes and aims to encourage people to share food. The different plates fit together, but can also be used separately both as plates and as serving trays.

This research project consists of different phases and this set of tableware is the first step. The plates already contain between 5 and 10% of recycled material. Mid September 2018, further research will be undertaken amongst others to stretch the boundaries of how much recycled material can be added.

As from July 2018, the plates are used in two star restaurant ‘De Lindehof’ in Nuenen (NL).

This project is supported by Cor Unum and the tableware is part of their ‘Future history’ series. Further operational support is provided by TU Delft Resources and Recycling Lab.

The tableware has been on show during Salone del Mobile at Ventura Future, at Le Off, during Paris Design Week and will be present at the Dutch Design Lounge during Biënnale Interieur in Kortrijk (B).