Supercyclers are an ever-growing international collection of designers focused on building a sustainable future into the products they create, transforming perceptions of waste materials and the way we use things in the process.
Sarah told us that the aim of the collective is to create beautiful objects while remaining as sustainable as possible, without letting this affect the quality or the aesthetic of their creations i.e. “recycling materials without looking like recycling“.
The cabinet made from ‘NewspaperWood’ by supercyclers Vij5 and Breg Hanssen was particularly remarkable as it resembled both the look and feel of wood and is a perfectly functional recycled building material. Supercyclers encourages the collaboration of different designers, revolving around the idea of taking an object and transforming it into something new. Artists will use materials in a certain way while sticking to a sustainable theme.
The wide theme allows for a lot of experimentation and both traditional and modern ideas are encouraged. Designs such as the juice maker encourage a more sustainable lifestyle in going back to basics, while other new/contemporary ideas may lead towards a more futuristic approach.
Sarah along with Lianne Rossler came up with a unique way of reusing plastic disposable straws. The concept is ideal for a long dinner table. The straws are filled with water, which doesn’t leak out due it is long and narrow structure and thin stems can be placed inside acting as a horizontal vase. The simple design is easy to recreate and were featured in Green Magazine Australia as a great way to reuse materials that would normally end up in the bin. In the United States alone 500 million plastic straws are thrown away daily and are not recycled.
Sarah and Lianne were also inspired by the idea of foraging while searching for plants to place into their individual vases, when they both realised they were now looking at the foliage in their neighbourhood differently. By making holes in the straw they were also able to combine different leaves with one another creating hybrid plants.
The projects developed by supercyclers are intended to inspire and encourage creative processes among the public and in the design world. The ideas presented by the supercyclers are both things you could make at home or objects that are aimed to provoke design and development in a certain area rather than being intended for practical use – such as the Plastic Fantastic series. Many projects carry a philosophy or a specific method behind the work but all of them are united by the common theme.