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.”
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