The two Rotterdam based designers, who share a passion for sustainable material development, joined forces after attending the Product Design course at Willem de Kooning Academy.
Their brand, Plasticiet, sees them process large volumes of plastic waste into a renewed material formation. Describing plastic as the “new gold”, they believe that beauty can be found in the discarded.
The duo is always on the lookout for new sources of plastic waste within the Netherlands and, occasionally, Belgium. Sometimes this comes from consumer waste, and other times manufacturing/assembly or direct industrial waste. The raw materials then go through a shredding process to produce a 100% recycled plastic sheet material.
“With a visual language inspired by the primal beauty of natural stone, we create building blocks that can be used for all kinds of purposes.”
Capturing the prevailing trend for terrazzo, Plasticiet is as aesthetically strong as it is sustainably sound. Available in five colour combinations – including Chocolate Factory - made of old chocolate factory moulds, and Nova and Blizzard - both made from pig farm post-production waste and old buckets – the material is perfect for commercial projects.
It has recently been used in interior schemes for the Ace & Tate Antwerp store, Chop Chop – a London hairdressers, and Bijenkorf at the Hague department store.
Plasticiet has no minimum order quantity, making it viable for projects both large and small. Its uses are comparable to MDF and plywood, and it is suitable for use in furniture making.
For the majority of recent projects, Plasticiet has been applied as a decorative sheet material for store fronts, counter tops and displays, alongside being spotted in kitchens as a wallcovering.
Find out more about Plasticiet here, and pop into the studio to check out some recycled plastic samples.