Product designer Ariane Prin launched RUST, the studio’s first homeware collection last September during the London Design Festival 2015.
The RUST range is composed of plant pots, trays, fruit bowls, vases and jewellery boxes created by mixing metal dust with plaster and eco-resin. No two items in RUST are the same: the collection is entirely hand-made and the metal dust oxidation gives each product a unique texture, varying in colour and intensity.
A continuation of Ariane Prin’s line of work, RUST is inspired by the desire to create new form and utility out of commonly disregarded waste materials.
The collection’s varied surface patterns are obtained by metal particles originating from key cutting and other metalworking workshops across London.
Ariane Prin says about her process:
“It takes us about three days to complete a piece in RUST. That is not considering the rusting time and the high variability of the process — I often reject and recycle pieces in the production when I’m not happy with the result. But every time I go to my studio I’m excited to see the objects’ changing textures. It’s like each one of them was alive and mutating with time.”
“The shapes I chose for the RUST range are extremely simple. I wanted to let the material and its visual articulation be the heroes of this series of products.”