Common Sands

COLLECTION OF HOME DÉCOR GLASSWARE, USING MATERIAL FROM WASTE ELECTRONIC APPARATUS WHILE KEEPING THE DNA OF THE ORIGINAL PRODUCT

The project

The project aims to create a valid economic cycle for those currently “problematic” second cycle resources. Currently silicate residues from household appliances are not recycled. On the contrary they cause disturbance for the recycling of other materials.
The main challenges for the project are the economic viability and the technical feasibility.
Collaboration with relevant partners are key to overcome such challenges.

Studio Plastique (Belgium)

STUDIO PLASTIQUE works around various themes ranging from societal topics to material explorations with human well-being as its core value.

The studio was co-founded by Belgian Designer, Archibald Godts, in 2016. Archibald graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2015.  

Arcam Glass (France)

A workshop based on research and development for creative professionals (artists, designers, architects etc.). With six years of training in workshops around the world, Acram’s director Simon Muller built the workshop in 2011, in the Nantes region. Skills include glass blowing, thermoforming, fusing, finishing, etc.

STORYTELLING

THE IDEA:

Hi we are Studio Plastique.We initiated the project common sands about 3
years ago. It started as a research into the abundant resources available as
trash from e-waste.
For design, material is an important ingredient. So it occurred quite naturally to
us to start by questioning the resources that are needed for the making of
new products.

THE BIRTH OF THE PROJECT:

We realised also that sand tops everything in term of importance for our
current civilisation. Sand, in fact, is the 3rd most consumed resource on earth,
after air and water.
It is commonly perceived as a rather banal material. We enjoy it on our
beaches, but few know it makes our electronic devices function, our homes
light and warm, our communication fast (and ever faster)… to name a few.

THE CREATIVE PROCESS:

Our journey then led us to understand that at the end of life, the recycling of
technical glass is currently problematic for practical and economic reasons. An
opportunity for design as we practice it.
We applied our skills and expertise as designers for the development of new
perspectives and potential for silicate waste materials. Considering the scarcity
of natural sand, the challenge today lays in finding new applications for those
local resources.

THE COLLABORATION:

With the help of Worth and our partner Arcam glass we were able to exploit the
unique properties of the waste glass to create attractive products, where
standardised processes have failed so far. We have let the glass lead our way,
form followed material you can say.
The vases and hooks we designed carry that DNA, specific to those local
materials of global heritage. All while reducing the impact on the environment
in comparison with the use of raw natural resources.

THE FUTURE:

Millions of tonnes of e-waste silicates „disappear“ yearly in EU, ending in
landfill.

Making Common Sands ready for the market will therefore be an evident next
step for the project to become a reference in terms of economic and ecologic
impact and future vision for tackling the available abundance.

THE MESSAGE:

As designers we hope to incite cross-disciplinary collaboration between
experts of all fields. We believe this to be essential for Europe to be a strong,
progressive and innovative territory.

PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS

3D metal panels

3D metal panels

A Flatpack Rocking chair

A Flatpack Rocking chair

Aeras-x Seat for Drone Taxis

Aeras-x Seat for Drone Taxis

Tagenea

Tagenea

Seamless

Seamless

Common Sands 2.0

Common Sands 2.0

Maretech

Maretech

Minois

Minois

STEM a garment production brand

STEM a garment production brand

Storytelling Garment Project

Storytelling Garment Project

Mapu Preto

Mapu Preto

Minta

Minta

NO/thing

NO/thing

Modifiable Vegan Bag Collection

Modifiable Vegan Bag Collection

In the Circle

In the Circle

Clotho

Clotho

Make Your Bed

Make Your Bed

Vibro-Tactile Textiles

Vibro-Tactile Textiles

LÈBIU – let’s CORK it

LÈBIU – let’s CORK it

WeAr Design

WeAr Design

Fresko

Fresko

ALMA

ALMA

Bubble Façade

Bubble Façade

Crossing Parallels

Crossing Parallels

EnaOna

EnaOna

Sense of nature

Sense of nature

Rethinking the Bra

Rethinking the Bra

Manual bag

Manual bag

Wabi Sabi

Wabi Sabi

Sensing Color

Sensing Color

Dimmenso

Dimmenso

Beaggie

Beaggie

Soft touch of industrial waste

Soft touch of industrial waste

We Are Not In This Alone

We Are Not In This Alone

H|H

H|H

Vibrant-barrier-free glassware collection

Vibrant-barrier-free glassware collection

Edge Chair

Edge Chair

Marbled Salts

Marbled Salts

Moseanic

Moseanic

Kombucha TSUGI

Kombucha TSUGI

LiLO

LiLO

The Eastern Side of Riviera

The Eastern Side of Riviera

Future Wardrobe

Future Wardrobe

Ventri

Ventri

Bi-Circular Urban-Outdoor Fabric

Bi-Circular Urban-Outdoor Fabric

Step Smart

Step Smart

Re-Print Ceramics

Re-Print Ceramics

Vivid

Vivid

A Phyne Bomber Jacket

A Phyne Bomber Jacket

Burning For

Burning For

Circular workwear collection

Circular workwear collection

Tista

Tista

Fashion Design Courses

Fashion Design Courses

Velluto

Velluto

New Matters

New Matters

RemBrandt

RemBrandt

Agogic – Be prepared for more

Agogic – Be prepared for more

Smartcoat

Smartcoat

Mocha Split

Mocha Split

Reframd

Reframd

Zerobarracento

Zerobarracento

ALLCA Disruptive Rugs

ALLCA Disruptive Rugs

Wearable Play

Wearable Play

Wear-Abouts Baltic Sea

Wear-Abouts Baltic Sea

Gelatex x NO/AN

Gelatex x NO/AN

Luxury Bag Collection

Luxury Bag Collection

Amalgama

Amalgama

TTorch

TTorch

From the ground

From the ground

Biolea

Biolea

Ultra

Ultra

Capsule coat project

Capsule coat project

Mayya x WORTH

Mayya x WORTH

The Space Between

The Space Between

Rustic Wool Robotuft

Rustic Wool Robotuft

Cartiera & SwIdeas present: Change!

Cartiera & SwIdeas present: Change!

Fish_Fish

Fish_Fish

Common Sands

Common Sands

UCQC Inclusive

UCQC Inclusive

Gabriella Veszpremi X Inpelsa

Gabriella Veszpremi X Inpelsa

Mowo

Mowo

i-Morfé

i-Morfé

Iguaneye

Iguaneye

Ruumy

Ruumy

Fugazi Fugazi

Fugazi Fugazi

Serisole

Serisole

The light around your life

The light around your life

Lucid

Lucid

Senss

Senss

Walkytalkies

Walkytalkies

Sole sustainability

Sole sustainability

A Warm, Light, Luxurious, Sustainable Cloak

A Warm, Light, Luxurious, Sustainable Cloak

Spell My Name

Spell My Name

The “Bib” chair

The “Bib” chair

Materia Bruta

Materia Bruta

Planned Space Pooling

Planned Space Pooling

3D knitwear on demand

3D knitwear on demand

Lit Lace Interface

Lit Lace Interface

iluTex

iluTex

Sukka 

Sukka 

PineSkins Soft Wall Tiles

PineSkins Soft Wall Tiles

Unmoist Raincoat

Unmoist Raincoat

IOT Jacket & Robot

IOT Jacket & Robot

Stars Collection

Stars Collection

Words that shimmer

Words that shimmer

Persona

Persona

NO1R

NO1R

Identity 560

Identity 560

Øjenfryd

Øjenfryd

The Ghost Bag

The Ghost Bag

Diluci bags

Diluci bags

M2M furniture (Made 2 Measure Furniture)

M2M furniture (Made 2 Measure Furniture)

Myhand Prosthetic Socket

Myhand Prosthetic Socket

Oceanwear

Oceanwear

t-Studio – 3D fashion design network

t-Studio – 3D fashion design network

Curve

Curve

Baltabalta Multifunctional Textiles

Baltabalta Multifunctional Textiles

Fashion Designing for an Inclusive World

Fashion Designing for an Inclusive World

‘Parameter’ Table

‘Parameter’ Table

Occay

Occay

KICS

KICS

ERGOVI – healthy multiposture chair

ERGOVI – healthy multiposture chair

PreemieCme

PreemieCme

Second Life Bag

Second Life Bag

Clayer

Clayer

Lulu V2

Lulu V2

Fishskinlab

Fishskinlab

Dynaback

Dynaback

Esther Hates PVC

Esther Hates PVC

Gardin

Gardin

Foldable High Heels

Foldable High Heels

Sustainable Acoustic Panels

Sustainable Acoustic Panels

Edbora Collection

Edbora Collection

Smart Heated Vest

Smart Heated Vest

ACDL Artisan Chausseur Design Lab

ACDL Artisan Chausseur Design Lab

Smart Life Jacket In Watersport

Smart Life Jacket In Watersport

Fragments Garments

Fragments Garments

Hollow: A Lie Story

Hollow: A Lie Story

FWN: Family Wear Nature

FWN: Family Wear Nature

Himaero “The Emotional Jewel”

Himaero “The Emotional Jewel”

Spellbound

Spellbound

Wear Pure

Wear Pure

Connextyle

Connextyle

Unlimited in 1

Unlimited in 1

Paramatrix

Paramatrix

Feel More Knitwear

Feel More Knitwear

Skarabeos 2

Skarabeos 2

Twill

Twill

Fashionable Wearable Camera Accessory

Fashionable Wearable Camera Accessory

‘Margarete’ – Cork Task Chair

‘Margarete’ – Cork Task Chair