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Student Gaspard Tiné-Berès Makes Quirky Cork Appliances Out of Recycled Components
Ever wonder what happens to all of our electrical appliances when we throw them away? If it were up to Royal College of Art London student Gaspard Tiné-Berès, they would be recycled into new ones like the pieces in his Short-Circuit cork collection. The quirky coffee-maker, kettle and toaster are made out of re-used components and factory seconds like wine bottles and chemistry beakers combined with cork, resulting in a line of products that is both green and aesthetically-pleasing.
The main structure of the appliances is made out of natural cork for its waterproof, anti-bacterial and insulating properties. Moreover, cork can be recomposed in order to utilize all the off-cuts. This design required no mould and can be frequently upgraded, repaired or changed as required.
“I’m investigating a business model based on the exploitation of such resources, starting from the existing solutions such as re-use center, I’m proposing a system that would bring together concepts such as, local manufacturing, re skilling of European labour, and up-cycling,” explains Gaspard. “In order to produce a range of electrical devices with a new aesthetic and extended life, that could be produced with simple and low cost tooling solutions.”
All Photos via Gaspard Tiné-Berès
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