Tessa’s Designer Pick – The New Raw

2019-03-08

Tessa Blokland  

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The New Raw is based in Rotterdam and is founded by Greek architects Foteini Setaki (right) and Panos Sakkas. What I like about The New Raw is that they make 3D printed furniture out of locally harvested plastic waste. They are really making an effort in, as they describe it, “looking for better ways of applying circular concepts that push the boundaries of technological and social innovation.”

Second Nature is an initiative by The New Raw and the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation, to raise awareness for a more sustainable world. Instead of considering plastic as waste, this waste can also be seen as a raw material. All the tableware are digitally crafted from upcycled marine plastic using 3D printing.

The 100 Benches project was commissioned by the Dutch province Zuid-Holland in collaboration with 3D printing manufacturer 10XL. In a social media campaign, cyclists were asked to nominate a resting location along the many cycling routes in the province. In the next phase of the project, 3D printed benches from recycled plastic will be placed in 100 selected locations spread over the province.

Print Your City! is an ongoing 3D printing project which aims to transform the plastic waste of cities into meaningful applications for the built environment. With this project, The New Raw wants to create local circular processes – from used plastic to public furniture, while involving local communities in the shaping of their surroundings. One of the first two examples took place in Thessaloniki with a range of recycled colorful designed and 3D printed furniture pieces, fitting the shore of this Greek city. In each of the outdoor furniture pieces, you can read how much waste has been used to manufacture the object. The other 3D printed outdoor furniture set is located in the Dutch capital, Amsterdam, marked with the city’s logo (the three x’s), each piece is made out of the same amount of plastic waste 2 ‘Amsterdammers’ produces yearly.

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