Circular Department Store – Ceramics
New roads to reuse
With an annual collection of 2.8 million kg of goods, Foundation Kringloopbedrijf Het Warenhuis in Leiden is one of the largest in the Netherlands. Designers Jurgen Bey, Nienke Hoogvliet, Max Lipsey and Fraser McPhee are invited to investigate one of the waste streams that are not sold or recycled. Their product will be produced in the social workshops of the recycling company. Today we show the design of Max Lipsey.
Max Lipsey is an American designer based in Eindhoven. For the Circular Department Store, Max focuses on the large stream of ceramics that arrive at the recycling company. He has made two proposals for products for this; for the undamaged objects and for the flow of cups, bowls and vases with cracks, broken off ears and cracked angles. Max sandblasts crockery that is still undamaged but not sold on the outside, creating a uniform line of products that you can easily combine, with each other and with other objects in your kitchen. At the same time, this line shows the beauty of the basic material of the ceramic while the history of the products also remains visible in the shape, color or the inside. Thanks to Max’s treatment technique, the products have a strong individuality and story, but at the same time they form a series.
Max smashes the ceramic that is cracked or broken into even smaller pieces which he turns with a binder into a beautiful terrazzo. No less than 80% of the filler is ceramic and it can be used in a variety of sizes and shapes – right down to kitchen tops. For the Circular Department Store, Max creates a number of platters for the table with this beautiful material. These can be combined well with the sandblasted objects, but they also embellish every table on their own.
Photos: Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk