RE Island is an installation that was designed and fully completed in our studio, from pieces that where there and with the help of 3D printing.
During the pandemic lockdown we’ve been meticulously designing and building the installation in our studio with things that were surrounding us and with the help of our machines – 3d printers. We’ve always been designing in sustainable way, the technology we are using is almost zero waste as the object comes layer by layer not like in other technologies where you have to take off the material to get the shape you desire. We usually don’t get rid of things that might have the potential to be somehow used one day so in our installation we will use the ropes that where part of our exhibition during GDD in 2017. In 3d printing we experiment with material that comes from recycled PET bottles as we think that circular economy is the future. The situation we as humans are currently in right now made us adapt to new conditions and rethink our behaviour towards the planet. Being ecological is not only a trend it’s a must.
In our Re Island we want to show that objects made from recycled or reused materials may be beautiful and intriguing because we have the technology that allow us to make them so. Living in a sustainable way is our own choice, we have to look carefully and critically at all the things happening around us. Hopefully our installation will come with help and show the right direction.
One legged reused table
Some time ago we did a side table with two 3d printed legs. Unfortunately one leg was broken during transport, so we made use of the one that we have left. We designed a new table top and that’s how the new version of the table came to life.
Vase from leftovers
We use lots of spools of filaments in our daily work at the studio. Sometimes there is just small amount of the filament left, too small to print the whole object, but too big to throw it away. So we decided we will print vases from these leftovers, some of them just in two, others in more colours – depending on the material. The vases look different and each is one of a kind.
Vase from recycled PET
Last year we started collaboration with a company that is manufacturing filament from recycled PET bottles. After few experiments we were able to print fully functional object with the quality we desired that didn’t look different from the other prints, printed with the raw, new material.
It’s our first such big vase, that we printed (it’ 30 cm tall) on our new 3d Printer that we’ve build from scratch. The vase is printed from PLA which is a polymer that comes from renewable resources and might be compostable but only in the industrial facility.
Recycled Neptune Lamp
One of our first project was Neptune Lamp that is still in stock. Sometimes however not every print is perfect and we have to decide either to put them to recycling or to reuse them in a different way. In this case the light diffuser wasn’t so perfect, but we covered it with melted plastic derived from other faulty prints.
In 2017 we designed an exhibition during GDD17, where we used orange ropes. We had lots of that rope and of course we didn’t use all of it. This year we decided to reuse the leftovers again and give it a new, exciting life. We 3d printed some colourful flowers and leaves and we attached it to the ropes making it look like a garlands from different world.