RESEARCH

A simple curiosity to unearth the possibilities of transforming reclaimed Polyurethane foam (PU) dust into a versatile, durable and desirable new material. Discovering the overlooked byproduct from CNC industries alerted a fascination and interest into playful experimentation and a hands-on making enquiry. 

MATERIAL

Industrial Craft surfaces and furniture combines reclaimed PU foam dust, PU shavings and hand-dyed epoxy resin. The self-developed technique was a result of looking to utilise the waste from the production of 3D Polyurethane models mainly for the creative industries. Once the blocks have been carved the dust that is extracted no longer retains any value and due to its difficulty and energy-intensive methods of disposal and destruction, it often ends up in landfills. 

FORM

The dust and shavings go through a process of filtering before being hand-bonded with a small amount of pigmented resin and cold cast by hand in forms of all shapes and sizes. Left overnight to set the material bonds together to create an extremely durable and solid surface.  

 

The dust and shavings now have new purpose, they have been manipulated to fulfil a purpose they were never intended for. The unique texture and appearance creates a surface not quite seen before. It manages to play with a juxtaposition between matte and gloss, rough and smooth and this is before any manipulation to the finishing. 

COLOUR

With freedom of choice in an almost infinite range of colours custom colour ways are achievable. Block colours or gradients can be achieved through the layers process involved in the casting. The casting process and unpredictability of the material combination also means no two pieces will ever be the same. 

PRODUCT

So far applications include an in-house collection of sculptural furniture made up of side tables, stools, vessels and mirrors. Commercial projects see the material being used for hotel furniture, window panels and display units. 

 © 2020 by Charlotte Kidger 

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