Matter of Stuff, a leading design and manufacturing consultancy, presented ‘A Second Life exhibition’ at sketch for London Design Festival 2019, showcasing a newly commissioned body of work made from a single raw material. Hosted by sketch, the iconic artist-conceived food and drinks destination in London’s Mayfair, the exhibition ran until November 7, 2019. PiM.studio Architects, Brodie Neill, Matteo Fogale + Emma Archer and Studio Furthermore transformed hundreds of wooden dowels used for the scenography of Matter of Stuff’s 2018 LDF exhibition into an array of experimental new works.
Instead of recycling the dowels through mulching, the gallery asked the designers to reinterpret, explore and experiment with the material to create new designs while maintaining some of the structural integrity of the original installation. The result is a resolute and ongoing statement about the infinite possibilities of sustainable design, upcycling and waste avoidance. Proceeds from the sale of the design pieces will be donated to charities protecting the Amazon Rainforests.
“By injecting new life into waste material to create varied and extraordinary sculptures for an iconic London venue, we want to make a statement that goes beyond the importance of sustainable design practices,” said Simona Auteri, Co-founder, Matter of Stuff. “Through four different iterations of reuse, we seek to redefine waste as a legitimate raw material with enormous potential for creative renewal.”